Word 2013, 2010, & 2007: Divide Page Into Columns

How do you divide your Microsoft Word 2013, 2010, or 2007 document into columns of 2 or 3? Follow the steps outlined in this tutorial.

  1. Highlight the text you wish to split into columns.
  2. Select the “Page Layout” tab.
  3. Choose “Columns” then select the type of columns you wish to apply.
    • One
    • Two
    • Three
    • Left
    • Right

Page Layout

For this to fully work, you must have enough text typed to fill the first column before the text will start filling into the second column. This is true for the second and third columns as well.


Why is “Columns” missing from my Word menu?

Ensure the window is maximized so that all options are displayed. If the “columns” option is still missing, you can add the button back by selecting the “Customize Quick Access” arrow, then selecting “More commands…” at the upper-left portion of the window. From there select “Quick Access Toolbar” to modify the options available. If you want to take the easy way, you can select the “Reset” button.

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