How to Split a Word Document Into Two Columns

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.

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Separate a Word document into two columns for a newsletter.

Word 2007 or 2010

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

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Click the “Page Layout” tab. Click “Columns” in the “Page Setup” group.

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Select “Two.”

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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.”

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

Word 2003

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

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

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

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