Insert a column break

If you format a document with columns (as in some newsletter layouts), the text will automatically flow from one column to the other. You can insert your own column breaks for more control over the document format.

  1. Place your cursor where you want the column to break.

  2. Click Layout > Breaks. A menu with options will appear; click Column.

    The Column option is highlighted on the Breaks menu.

  3. A column break is inserted. Click Home > Show/Hide Paragraph mark to see it.

    The Show/Hide icon is highlighted on the Home tab.

    selecting a column break with "Show Formatting" turned on

Tip:  The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Enter also inserts a column break where you’ve placed your cursor.

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