Columns can be challenging, but you can master them with the right techniques.
You’re creating a Microsoft Word document that you think may work better if formatted into columns. Fine, but columns can be tricky. You have to decide how many columns to use and how and where to apply them. And columns can often run amuck by breaking at the wrong places, not continuing correctly to the next page, or not stopping where you want them to stop. You often have to play around with the columns to coax them to come out right.
Believe it or not. columns can be easier. If you know how to create and customize your columns, you should be able to get them to work and look the way you want.
Why even fuss with columns? You may be creating a newsletter or brochure in Word and need to format your document in columns for printing. You may be writing a report that has to adhere to a column format. But even a regular document formatted in columns can be more inviting and easier to read than one in which the text stretches across the entire width of the page.
The steps I provide here are for Word 2016. The way you access the Columns feature is different in Word 2010 and 2007, but the core features should work the same across the past few versions.