Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using Columns
Chapter 5
Working with Columns and Tables
For better column setting controls, choose the More
Columns option. The Columns dialog box, as shown
in Figure 5-3, provides a plethora of column options.
Manually set the number of columns,
ranging from 1 column to 45 columns, by
clicking the up/down arrows.
Check the Line Between check box to add a
solid line between the columns. Vertical
lines between columns can make it easier to
separate the columns when reading the text.
Select a column and manually set the
column width and the spacing between two
columns. The whitespace between the
columns is called the gutter. Each column
can have its own width and gutter.
Choose the Equal Column Width box if you
want all columns equally spaced.
By default, text will flow down one column, then
over to the next column. If you want the column
to break at a particular point, you can insert a
manual column break. Column breaks are similar
to page breaks in that you cannot create a manual
column break to make the column longer than the
page margins, but you can make a column shorter.
To create a manual column break, choose Page
Layout>Page Setup>Breaks>Column.
Figure 5-3
The Columns dialog box.
Use Section Breaks
Remember that if you want to make column
changes to only a portion of the document,
you must select that portion, or click in the
section before choosing options from the
Columns dialog box.
Figure 5-4 illustrates a newsletter created in Word
using columns, sections breaks and column breaks,
page borders, shading, and a few graphics.
Choose from any of the five preset column
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