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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.