Columns for Different Pages and Sections in MS Word – 2022

In the Word document, you can split (divide) text into different columns for different pages and sections wherever you want.

The column Format includes one column, two columns, three columns, left columns and right columns and also you can insert the line in between the columns.

Formally, the column format is a great way to arrange the content of the document in a minimal space and gives a good look.  It helps you reduce the printing burden and also gives a formal look to your material.

In this article, you can learn to split the text into columns, for all pages, split the text into columns using selection, and split the text into columns using section breaks features. These are explained below.

Splitting Text into Columns for all the Pages:

Enter and select the text you want to change as columns.

Go to the Layout (Page Layout) tab

Click on the columns

Select one of the options given under columns, such as one, two, three, left and right or click on more columns to customize them.

In this way, you can change your default column into different columns.

Split text into columns in ms word
Split text into columns in MS Word

Change Columns for Different Pages using the Selection:

To split the text into different columns for different pages using the selection, follow the steps given below:

Select the text that you want to split the text into columns,

Select the text that you want
Columns for Different Pages and Sections in MS-Word

Go to the Layout/Page Layout tab

Click on the columns

Then select one of the options given under columns, such as one, two, three, left and right or click on more columns to customize them.

Accommodate different columns for different pages in ms word

Picture: Accommodate Columns for Different Pages and Sections in MS Word by Using Columns

Different Columns for Different Pages Using Section Breaks (Next page):​

To split the text into different columns for different pages wherever you want, follow the steps below:

Click at the beginning of the first line of a page that you want to start the new section (any column you want). For example, assume that this is a 3rd page from the beginning.                                          Note: If you start the new section from the 3rd page, the previous column format stops at the 2nd page and the new column formatting starts from the page 3rd  page.

Then go to the “Layout” or Page Layout tab, and then click “Breaks”.

Afterwards, select “Next Page” under “Section Breaks”.

Accommodate columns for different pages and sections in ms word
Next page section page

To start the new section or to stop the previous section wherever you want, click at the beginning of the first line of the next page, rather than the page that you want to stop.

For example, if you start the new section from the 5th page, the previous column format stops at the 4th page and the new column formatting starts from the 5th page.

Again, go to the Layout tab, and click on the Breaks in the Page Setup group.

And then select “Next Page” under “Section Breaks”.

Now, click between the 2nd and 4th page in which you have applied the section breaks.

Then go to the layout in (Word 2013 and later versions) or the Page Layout tab (In Word 2010 and earlier versions).

In the Page Setup group, click on the columns and select any column divider you want. For example, select the Right column.

In this way, you can apply the different columns for different pages wherever you want.

How to apply line between the columns in MS Word

After splitting the text into columns you like, click the page in which section of the columns you want to apply lines in the document.

go to the Layout tab and click on the columns, and then select more column options.

Applying line between columns in ms word

Check to mark the “Line Between option”  which is on the dialogue box and click Ok.

Apply or insert liners between the columns in word
Applying lines between Columns for Different Pages and Sections in MS-Word

What are the Columns for Different Pages and Sections in MS Word?

Split (divide) text into different columns for the different sections and pages wherever you want in your document for a professional look.

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