Columns and Ordering

Using columns in Word can improve readability. When using Word columns can break up text and make Word documents easier to read.


Columns and Ordering Two useful formatting features in Word are the columns and ordering commands. Columns are used in many types of documents but are most commonly used in newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and newsletters. Ordering is the process of layering two or more shapes so they appear in a certain way. For example, if you have two shapes that overlap and want one shape to appear on top, you will have to order the shapes.

In this lesson, you will learn how to insert columns into a document and order an image and a shape.

Inserting columns and ordering objects

To add columns to a document:

Insert Columns

Click the Show/Hide command on the Home tab to display the paragraph marks and breaks.

The Format Painter command allows you to easily format text to appear like other text in your document. Select the text that is formatted the way you want, click the Format Painter command on the Home tab, and select the text you want to change. The new text now appears modified.

To change the order of objects:

Shape and Image to Order
Document with Ordering


Use the newsletter or any Word document you choose to complete this challenge.