Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating a Multicolumn Layout
With section breaks in place, page layout changes you make with options in the Page Setup
group on the Page Layout tab apply by default to the current section only (the one that
contains the insertion point or selection). To change the margins, orientation, paper size,
or column layout for more than one section, select all or parts of the sections you want to
format before you apply the format. Alternatively, click the dialog box launcher in the Page
Setup group. At the bottom of each tab in the Page Setup dialog box, you’ll see options
similar to the ones shown here that let you specify the scope of your formatting change.
You’ll find options like these on the Page Border tab of the Borders And Shading dialog box
as well.
When you insert a section break, the new section inherits the page layout settings of the
section that follows the break. If no section breaks exist when you insert the first one, the
new section inherits the document’s settings. Much as paragraph formatting is associated
with the paragraph mark at the paragraph’s end, section formatting is associated with the
section mark at the end of a section. Understanding that little factoid makes it easier to
anticipate what happens if you delete a section mark—the new, combined section uses the
settings of what was its second section.
INSIDE OUT Copy section formatting
Understand too that you can copy a section mark; when you paste it elsewhere, the
section that it completes has the same page settings as the section from which it was
copied.
Creating a Multicolumn Layout
Word can format text in columns, which low text in such a way that when the bottom of
a column is reached, the text continues at the top of the next column, similar to the way
newspapers (remember those?) look. Aside from its visual appeal, a multicolumn layout has
an important practical benefit: shorter line lengths are easier to read, particularly in smaller
point sizes.
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