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    Columns and no columns (Word 2000 SP 3)

    I want the top two thirds of my page to be two columns, and I want the bottom one third to revert to a single column. I know this involves section breaks, but for the life of me <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15> , I cannot figure out how to do this. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: Columns and no columns (Word 2000 SP 3)

    Sounds like you already know the answer.
    <UL><LI>Format > Columns > Two
    <LI>Insert your two column text
    <LI>Put a continuous section break at the end of this text (Insert > Break > Section Break Types > Continuous)
    <LI>Make sure the cursor is after the section break and Format > Columns > One[/list]StuartR

    Edited by StuartR to put the correct number of columns in the final line

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    Re: Columns and no columns (Word 2000 SP 3)

    Another way to do this would be to use a table where you want the two columns - you may find this easier for aligning text from one column to the other (use as many rows as you need to keep text aligned if this is a concern) - you can remove any table borders so they won't show up in the final print.
    Continuous section breaks have been known to cause problems that's why I prefer this method if I need a variety of columns on the same page.
    Cheers,
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    Re: Columns and no columns (Word 2000 SP 3)

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

    What kind of problems have you experienced with continuous section breaks? I use them quite a lot for documents in the office where I work, so I would like to know if I should expect difficulties.

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    Re: Columns and no columns (Word 2000 SP 3)

    I have had files get corrupted in Word 2000 and earlier versions - taking out the continuous section breaks and resaving has seemed to correct that problem - they can also create havoc if you are page numbering the sections if you don't pay attention to exactly where the breaks are and deal with each one properly.
    I have found that using the least amount of section breaks the better and try to use "next page" breaks where possible. That's one of the reasons why I tend to use tables to create columns more than the column feature, the other is the easy of aligning text in one column with the text in the other.
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    Re: Columns and no columns (Word 2000 SP 3)

    Thanks to all. Stuart, the one thing that I was missing was having the cursor after the break. That got it working great. <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: Columns and no columns (Word 2000 SP 3)

    I too use continuous section breaks a lot in our templates, e.g. to break down the template in protected and non-protected sections. This in itself is not causing any problems / corruption. The only problems occur in situations where users paste blocks of text from other documents, which contain 1 ore more section breaks of their own. That often leads to unexpected behaviour as to whether the user can access the paragraphs that he wants to edit, or not.

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