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Changing columns using section breaks
FIGURE 8.26
Left and Right Indent controls appear above the active column.
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Changing columns using section breaks
If you want part of a document to have three columns and another part to have a single
column, those two parts must reside in different sections. Consider the common newsletter
format shown back in Figure 8.26. Notice that there is a section break between the top
section, which is a single column, and the material that follows, which is in two columns.
One way to create this kind of format is to separate the masthead (the big title and other
matter that goes with it) from the body using a Continuous section break, as shown in
Figure 8.26. Move the insertion point to the beginning of where you want the multi-column
formatting to begin, and choose Break Continuous in the Page Setup group of the Page
Layout tab. Now use the Columns tool or the Columns dialog box to apply the desired
column formatting to the new section.
If there’s a point at which you want the multi-column formatting to change the number of
columns again, insert additional section breaks (choosing Continuous, Next Page, Even, or
Odd as needed), and apply the desired column formatting to those additional sections.
Alternatively, let Word insert section breaks automatically. Select the part of the document to
which you want a given number of columns applied, and then apply the column formatting.
You can do this using the Columns tool or the Columns dialog box, but you will get more
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