How to Split a Word Document Into Two Columns

By Amy Dombrower

With Microsoft Word's column feature, you can separate a document into two or more columns, which is useful for creating documents such as magazine layouts or newsletters. Word will allow you to create two columns for the whole document, in which the text flows from one column to the next on each page, or just for a particular section of the document.

Word 2007 or 2010

Step 1

Open a Word document that you want to format into columns.

Step 2

Click the "Page Layout" tab. Click "Columns" in the "Page Setup" group.

Step 3

Select "Two."

Step 4

Click "Columns" again, then "More Columns" to customize the columns further. In the "Columns" dialog box, click the "Line between" box to place a vertical line between the two columns. Use the width and spacing boxes to adjust the column width and white space between them. Click "OK."

Step 5

Click the "Microsoft Office Button" or "File" tab. Click "Save" to save your document.

Word 2003

Step 1

Open a Word document that you want to format into columns.

Step 2

Select the text you want to split into two columns. Click the "Edit" menu, then "Select All" to format the entire document.

Step 3

Click the "Columns" icon on the "Standard" toolbar. Drag your cursor to select two columns.

Step 4

Click the "File" menu, then "Save" to save your document.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Word 2007 or 2010, you can add two columns to a portion of the document instead of the entire document if you wish. Select the text you want to format or click where you want to begin the columns. Click the "Page Layout" tab. Click "Columns" in the "Page Setup" group, then "More Columns." Select "Two." At the bottom of the dialog box, click the "Apply to" list, then either "Selected text" or "This point forward."