Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 20
Columns of Text
In This Chapter
Understanding columns
Breaking your text into columns
Working with two columns
Creating a three-column brochure
Restoring “normal” text from columnar text
Switching column layouts in a document
Breaking up a column on a page
Here’s a pop quiz: If someone asks about columns and you immediately think of something written in
a magazine or newspaper, you’re probably a writer. If you think Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian, you’re
probably a nerd. What you probably don’t think of are text columns in Word. That’s because placing
columns across a page of text is a task that you probably don’t believe a word processor can do. Man,
are you wrong!
All about Columns
Here’s a secret: All text you write in Word is already formatted in columns. Yep, although it’s only
one column of text per page, it still counts as a column.
Most folks don’t think of their text in columns — that is, until you start talking about two or three
columns of text per page. Such a thing is entirely possible in Word. The secret is the Columns
command button, found on the Page Layout tab in the Page Setup group.
Clicking the Columns button displays a menu of handy column-formatting options, as shown on the
left in Figure 20-1 . Splitting text into columns is as easy as choosing a column format from that list.
To be more specific with the number of columns or their layout, choose the More Columns command.
You can then use the Columns dialog box, as shown on the right in Figure 20-1 .
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