How to Add Columns to a Microsoft Word Document

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To add columns to a Microsoft Word document, highlight the desired text, click on the "Columns" icon on the toolbar and select between one and four columns. Adjust the margins as desired when formatting text into columns with a tutorial from a computer consultant in this free video on computer programs.

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Hi, this is Kyle Parker, on behalf of Expert Village, and I'm going to be showing you how to add columns, to a Microsoft Word document. In order to do so, you'll have to open up Microsoft Word, and create a new document, by clicking on here, and then you'll get a new blank document, and then I have pasted some text, from a news site in, to illustrate this. You can paste obviously, any text you'd like, and then in order to start formatting your text into separate columns, you'll simply need to go up here, to your toolbar, and click on Columns, and then you'll see these four things pop up here, which will allow you to separate your documents text, into one to four columns. If you were to move your mouse past this, you can even separate it out into five, six columns. We'll simply start with two, to show you how that looks, so once you click on that, your text in the document, will be separated by margins, here at the top. The text will then continue onto the next page, in these columns as well, so you'll see that the text continues on from here, and then goes over to this column down here, and then continues on. If you would like to change the columns, you can go back up here,and then separate it into three, or four, or five columns, if you wish, and you can even modify these columns, by going up to your margin at the top, and resizing them. You can do that for each column, by just simply clicking on the edge, and moving it over, and that's how you create columns.

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