Create newspaper-style columns

The easiest way to create newspaper style columns is to format columns after entering content.

  1. Type the text first, in one column.
  2. Select the text you want to put in multiple columns.
  3. Click the Columns button.

    Columns button

    Choose Format → Columns for more control over the columns.
  4. Select the number of columns you want.

When you create columns this way, Word automatically inserts continuous section breaks for you before and after your selected text. You are also able to create content in one column, which is usually easier than entering content into narrow columns, then convert the content into columns.

You can also create columns as you create content, although the procedure is a bit more complex.

  1. At the end of the one-column text, before you start multiple columns, position your insertion point at the beginning of a paragraph or empty line, choose Insert ? Break and select Continuous.
  2. Choose Format ? Columns


    Click the Columns button & select the number of columns you want.

    Columns button

  3. Type the text.
  4. When ready to turn columns off, choose Insert ? Break and choose Continuous.
  5. Click the Columns button and choose 1 Column to 'turn columns off.'

To change the number of columns in a section, do one of the following:

  • Click the Columns button and select the number of columns you want for the selected section.
  • Choose Format ? Columns and configure the columns. In the Apply to list, choose This section.

    Columns dialog box

To remove columns, select one column using the Columns button or command.


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