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Formatting Columns
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Now, when you type in your text, Word lays it out in the column format you
chose. When you get to the end of one column, the text continues at the top of
the next column.
Figure 8-2:
Creating columns in your document is as easy as clicking the layout
you want.
Tip: You can change the layout of text you’ve already written, changing single-column text to two
columns, for example. Select the text whose layout you want to change, go to the Page Layout tab, and then
click the Columns button (Alt, P, J). Pick the new layout, and Word applies it to the text you selected.
Formatting Columns
You may never need to do more than select one of the canned designs described in
the previous section; Word has already measured and laid out the columns so they
look good on the page. If you do, however, want to adjust the width, spacing, or
appearance of your document’s columns, select Page Layout Columns More
Columns (Alt, P, J, C) to open the Columns dialog box, shown in Figure 8-3.
Here’s what you can do in this dialog box:
Change the number of columns. Select a different setting at the top of the box,
or change the number in the “Number of columns” box.
Adjust the column width and the spacing between columns. Use the arrow
controls in the “Width and spacing” section to adjusts these aspects of your
layout. Leave the “Equal column width” checkbox on if you want Word to keep the
columns the same width. If you want a different look, say a three-column layout
with narrow columns on the right and left and a wide middle column, turn off
this checkbox before adjusting the individual columns’ width and spacing.
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