How to delete space above a column to even up the text

Word's spacing options can throw your text out of alignment if you have multiple columns. Here's a quick fix that will even things up.

Word often adds paragraph spacing where you least expect it. For example, say you've typed a page of text and used the Columns command to format it into two columns. When you do, you notice that the first column doesn't quite line up evenly with the top margin (Figure A).

Figure A

This happens when the paragraph is formatted with space above it. Clicking to the left of the first word in the first line of the column and pressing the backspace key won't eliminate the space. Instead, you will need to turn off the paragraph line spacing for the first paragraph. Follow these steps:

  1. Click anywhere in the first paragraph.
  2. Go to Format | Paragraph. In Word 2007, click the dialog box launcher in the Paragraph group to open the Paragraph dialog box (Figure B).

Figure B

  1. Click in the Spacing Before text box, enter 0 and then click OK.
  2. With the extra line spacing turned off, the first line of the first column lines up evenly with the text in the first line of the second column (Figure C).

Figure C

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