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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.

Note: You can also delete a column break that you previously added.

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

  2. Click Layout > Breaks.

    The Column option is highlighted on the Breaks menu.

    In Word 2013 or Word 2010, click Page Layout > Breaks.

  3. A menu with options will appear. Click Column.

  4. 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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