How do I... Even up columns in a Word document?

Word's snaking columns often mean uneven columns--generally not the layout effect of choice

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Creating a multiple-column layout on the page in Word is easy enough--but users often hit a snag. Word creates snaking columns, which means they run from the top of the column to the bottom until they run out of text. Figure above shows how this works.

A lot of times, users want the columns evenly balanced to avoid all that white space in the second column. The solution is easy but not remotely intuitive, so it's worth learning the trick for future reference. Here's a quick walk-through to illustrate the process.

By Jody Gilbert

Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic.