How To Type In Three Columns with Microsoft Word

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Using three columns of text in a Microsoft Word document can help save space, especially if you are typing a list. Additionally, columns can help create a professional-looking document and are a necessity when you need the end product to look like a newsletter or newspaper article. There are two options for using columns in Word: Applying the setting to the whole document or applying it to a specific area of the text. Both take just a few clicks of the mouse.

Create a Three-Column Word Document

  • Open a new Word document.

  • Choose "Page Layout" from the menu bar.

  • Pick "Columns" from the "Page Setup" group of options. From the dropdown menu that appears, choose "3."

  • Start typing. All pages are now formatted to have three columns.

Format a Specific Area of Text to Three Columns

  • Open a new Word document and begin typing.

  • Use the mouse to highlight the paragraphs of text you want to format into three columns.

  • Choose "Page Layout" from the menu bar.

  • Pick "Columns" from the "Page Setup" group of options. From the dropdown menu that appears, choose "3." The setting will only be applied to the text you highlighted.

Tips & Warnings

  • To adjust the width of each column or add a vertical line between each column, choose "More Columns" from the "Columns" menu. The window that opens will contain options for the new of columns and the styles of each.
  • Control where sentences break at the bottom of a column also with the "Page Layout" menu. Place your cursor where you want the column's text to end and choose "Breaks" from the "Page Setup" options. Then choose "Column." This will force the next sentence to start at the top of the next column.

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