Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating a Multicolumn Layout
4. Click somewhere between the two section marks, and then click Page Layout,
Columns. If the basic options on the Columns menu don’t suit you, click More
Columns to display the Columns dialog box.
Here you can format as many columns as will it on the page (the minimum column
width is 0.5 inch), and you can set the amount of space between each one. By
clearing Equal Column Width, you can set the column width and the spacing
independently for each column.
In a multicolumn layout, you can insert a manual column break by choosing Column
on the Breaks menu (shown earlier in Figure 8-2) or by using its keyboard shortcut,
INSIDE OUT Balance columns on the last page
Ordinarily, on the last page of a multicolumn layout (or the last page of a multicolumn
section followed by a section break that starts a new page), text tends to end up on the
left side of the page. That’s because Word lows text in the usual way: it doesn’t begin a
new column until the current column is filled all the way to the bottom.
Your document will look more professional if the last page lows text in all columns to
an equal depth. Forcing that to happen is easy: insert a continuous section break at the
end of the multicolumn text. (If you already have a new-page section break, as shown
in Figure 8-3, this means you’ll end up with two consecutive section breaks.)
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