Word 2007: Use Columns in Your Document

If you are using Word to create a newsletter or similar document, columns can be quite necessary for giving it a more professional look. Word makes dividing a page into columns very simple and easy to use.

Dividing a page into columns:
1. Go to the page of your document that you wish to divide into columns.

2. Go to the Ribbon and select the Page Layout tab.

3. In the Page Setup section, click Columns.

4. Select the appropriate column option.

5. If you don’t see the option you desire or if you want to modify column widths and spacing, select More Columns. Here you can change the number of columns to a value between 1 and 11. You can also change the width and spacing to be equal widths or customize the width and spacing of each column. By checking the Line between checkbox, you can insert a vertical line to add further separation to your columns. The Apply to dropdown allows you to apply your changes to the current section, this point forward, or the entire document. When you have made all of your customizations, click OK.

To remove columns:
1. Go to the page of your document the you wish to remove columns.

2. Go to the Ribbon and select the Page Layout tab.

3. In the Page Setup section, click Columns.

4. Select One.


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  • Sweetasfa_29

    where is the Ribbon?

  • Usman

    thanks … it helped .. in microsoft word , there is no ribbon .. just go to page layout and columns and select the no. of columns and there u go .. 😀

  • Giselle Fick

    Now, if only someone can tell us how to actually access the second column in MS word 2007 that will be useful coz nowhere on the internet can you find this ??????
    MS word 2007 help file SUCK ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
    Just wasted 2 friggin hours and still dont have the answer.



  • WhatWhat!

    For all those damn-ass people who have no idea how to answer a question, wat you do is hit ctrl-shift-enter and bam! Check for yourself… And Bumbadoodah if your reading this your dumb.

    • Grateful

      Thank you for answering this question clearly and simply. :- )

    • Stuck

      > Great answer thank you…now can you explain just as simple how to add numbers to the rows in the columns without the first number indenting?

  • Beachbunni307

    I’m trying to creat colums that I can type in separately…I don’t want one column to be a continuation of what doesn’t fit in the first column….how do I do that?

    • i_hope_this_helps

      maybe you need to insert a column break so that you can proceed with column 2 even if column 1 has not been completely filled.

  • A.N

    its helpful to me.well done………………………….

  • judiki

    I started my page centering everything. Then farther down in the page I created 4 columns. Now I want to go back to no columns and I can’t get it to go back. I’ve done everything they suggest and nothing works.

  • Rob

    How do I add vertical lines between each column? In 2003 you could do this buy going to Format>Columns, but 2007 doesn’t have a format button

  • Don

    How can I change the appearance of the column dividing line?

    Other programs allow different colours or dotted lines but I can’t wee that in Word 07.
    There again, there is a lot in Word 07 that I can’t see. Word 2000 was far more user friendly. Wish I could regress!

  • rose

    is it possible that the first page has 2 columns then the next page would no longer have columns