How to Convert Two Columns to One Column in Word

Microsoft Word 2013 supports using numerous columns in a document. Though a two-column, newspaper format makes text convenient to scan, it's not well-suited for typical reports, reference materials, title pages and many documents. To convert all or part of your document from two columns to one column, Word provides a convenient, clickable method.

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Select the applicable text.
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Click and drag your mouse over the portion of text that you want to be a single column. Alternatively, click a starting point, hold the Shift key and click the ending position to select all text in-between. Your selection does not need to include an entire paragraph or section of the column — you can begin and end the selection anywhere.

Open the Page Layout tab.
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Click the Page Layout tab to access page formatting tools.

Click Columns and choose One.
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Click Columns in the Page Setup group and select One to convert the selected text to a single column.

This method only affects selected text.
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Once completed, only the selected text is converted, keeping the unselected text as is.

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