Insert a column break

If you’ve formatted your document with columns (such as a newsletter), you know that your text will automatically flow from one column to the other. You can also insert your own column breaks if you want, which gives you more control over the formatting of your document.

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

  2. If you are using Word 2016, click Layout > Breaks.

    If you are using Word 2013 or Word 2010, click Page Layout > Breaks.

  3. A menu with options will appear; click Column.

    Insert a column break

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

    The show/hide button

    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.

You can also delete any column breaks you’ve inserted.

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