Mixing column and paragraph formats in Word documents

Having trouble trying to figure out how to feature column and paragraph formats within the same Word document? It's simple when you follow these six steps.

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By default, Word's normal template is set to single-column format; thus, when you type a paragraph, you are typing in single-column format. You can mix column with paragraph formats in the same document by simply changing the column format.

For example, you may want to have your document open with an introductory paragraph or two, while the rest of the text is formatted in three columns. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Type the opening paragraphs.
  2. Put your cursor where you want to begin the multi-column text.
  3. Go to Format | Columns.
  4. Enter 3 for the Number Of Columns, and make any necessary changes to Width And Spacing.
  5. In the Apply To drop-down menu, select This Point Forward.
  6. Click OK.

To add a paragraph below your multi-column text, click where you want the paragraph to begin, go to Format | Columns and change the number of columns to 1. Then, in the Apply To drop-down menu select This Point Forward and Click OK.

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