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    Even columns in endnotes (2003)


    I know I've done this before, so I'm wondering if it's something that's been taken out of Word 2003. I'm writing a technical paper in two-column mode and I have two and a half pages of references that were inserted as endnotes at the end of the paper. On the last page of references, the entire left column is filled and the right column has just a few lines. It looks bad and I want the columns to be even.

    If I were not in the endnote area of my document, I

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    Re: Even columns in endnotes (2003)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 06-Aug-04 16:07. )</P>This is difficult to search, at least on a Friday afternoon. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Earlier versions of Word had a compatbility option "Don't balance columns for Continuous section starts" which was decribed thus: "This option prevents Word from balancing columns at the end of a section or document." (See Description of the Compatibility Tab in Options Dialog Box for Word 2002 (MSKB 288792).) This implies that by default, columns are supposed to be balanced automatically on the last page. The Office Assistance area at suggests adding a continuous break at the end of a section when you want the columns to be balanced. (See Balance newsletter-style column length on a page.) Does this work for you?

    Added: Oh, I see you already tried the continuous section break.

    Here's a more radical notion. You can use an IF field in the footer to determine whether the current page is the last page of the document. Poeple sometimes do this to avoid putting "continued" there or to add a special notation. In your IF field you could insert a very tall obstacle, such as a one row table with a fixed height or a textbox, that would force Word to balance the columns on that last page. The precise dimensions might take some time to calculate, but I think it should work.

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