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Move text to the next column permanently

Word may not be a full-featured layout program, but it does offer some tools that let you control the position of text on the page. See how to use a column setting to get that text where you want it (and keep it there).
You've just finished typing the text in columns for the newsletter shown in Figure A. Now you'd like to move some text over from the first column to the second column so that you can insert a picture in that space. You could use the Enter key to move the text, but any edits to the first column will likely move the text back into the first column or push it farther down the second column.

Figure A

Follow these steps to avoid having to reposition the text again:

  1. Click at the beginning of the block of text you want to reposition in the next column.
  2. Go to Format | Columns. In Word 2007, click the Page Layout tab and then click Columns in the Page Setup group and select More Columns.
  3. Select This Point Forward from the Apply To drop-down list (Figure B).

Figure B

  1. Select the Start New Column check box.
  2. Click OK.

You can now insert your picture into the first column without having to reposition the text in the next column, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C


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2 comments
mjohnson
mjohnson

Why don't you just enter a column break from the Insert Break dialog box?

ginmemphis
ginmemphis

Ctrl+Shift+Enter = Column Break Best practice for a long document: Format paragraph to stay together or keep with next, so an automatic column break will not mess up the formatting. (That way, you don't have to redo everything if you change margins or font size.)

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