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    Two Column Index Problem

    I've hit a really annoying problem that I just can't figure out!

    My Word 2007 document contains a two column index. At the moment there are only about 12 entries and these are structured under just two main index entries - for example:

    Fruit (main entry)
    - Apple (sub entry)
    - Orange (sub entry)
    - Pear sub entry)
    - Lemon (sub entry)
    - Lime (sub entry)
    - Strawberry (sub entry)

    Vegetable
    - Potato (sub entry)
    - Carrot (sub entry))
    - Swede (sub entry)
    - Peas (sub entry)

    When I generate the index, the two columns are present with Fruit entries on the left and Vegetable entries on the right - so far so good!

    However, the last two Fruit entries wrap over to the right column - it's as if the column is too short. I can see how to adjust the column width via 'Columns' in page layout but can't find anything length. I just want to keep all Fruit Entries on the left and all Vegetables on the right.

    I wonder if anyone can help?

    Thanks!
    Claire

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    Hi Claire,

    I suspect you have a Section break after the Index - which is why you'd have two columns with only a few lines in each.

    If you don't mind having all the entries in one column, you could either:
    • delete that Section break; or
    • go to Word Options|Advanced > Layout Options and check the 'Don't balance columns at the start of a Continuous section' option.

    If you want to keep the Index in two columns, you could try adding one or more empty paragraphs just before the final Section break.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

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