How to Create Columns in Keynote

By K.C. Winslow

When you format text into columns, the text fills one column and flows to the top of the next column. Columns help to visually organize information and condense the amount of space the text takes up on the page or screen. When creating an iWork Keynote presentation, you can format text into columns inside a rectangular shape or a text box. You can select the number of columns, the size of the columns and the amount of space between the columns.

Step 1

Click the "Text Box" icon to create a text box or click the "Shapes" icon and select the rectangular shape to create a rectangular shape. Resize the text box or shape using the pull bars on the outer edge.

Step 2

Click inside the text box or shape and type the text that you want to format into columns.

Step 3

Click the outer edge of the text box or shape to select it.

Step 4

Click the "Inspector" icon in the upper-right corner of Keynote window and select the "Text" tab.

Step 5

Click the "Column" arrows to set the number of columns. If you want to change the gutter, the amount of space between the columns, double-click the gutter values and enter the desired gutter width. If you want to have columns of different widths, deselect the "Equal column width" option, double-click the individual column width values and enter the desired column widths.

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