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Mixing Column Formats On a Page

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 17, 2014)

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It is not uncommon to have a document that mixes different column layouts on a single page. For instance, let's assume you have a five-page document, and you want to format the center part of page two as three columns. You want the rest of the document to remain a single column. To overcome this formatting challenge, you can follow these steps:

  1. Select the text that will appear in the columns.
  2. Choose the Columns option from the Format menu. Word displays the Columns dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Columns dialog box.

  4. In the Number of Columns field, specify the number of columns you desire.
  5. In the Apply To box, make sure it says Selected Text.
  6. Click on OK. Word places the selected text into its own section and sets it in the number of columns you specified.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1792) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Mixing Column Formats On a Page.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 7 - 1?

2017-04-06 16:44:20

Tom

Allen, when I build a document with a mix of column formats on most pages, e.g. two column at the top, one column in the middle, and back to two column at the bottom of a page, invariably the page numbers in my footers get out of sequence. For example, my page numbering may run 1 through 8 just fine and then what should be page 9 is numbered 2 even if I tell the page number format to continue from the previous section. I've tried many things to correct this problem, including just telling the incorrectly numbered page to start at the correct page number. Sometimes that works, other times it just ignores the starting number, and other times it starts one number off. I do not appear to be the only one who experiences this problem as I have heard it described on the Internet by others. Do you have any suggestions as to how to get the page numbering to behave? By the way, the mixed columns on each page also does something similar with Cross References to Captions. They don't update properly but I can tackle that after I get the page numbers fixed.


2016-01-26 09:54:42

Tittes

Nope...I need to do this on the same page.


2015-08-12 02:37:07

A word user

Hi,

Your suggestion worked and saved lot of time for me. Thanks.


2015-07-24 14:04:46

m

This worked, thank you!


2014-07-24 15:17:33

Tammy

Your help was right on the mark! Thank you!


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