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

Adding column breaks

Once you've created columns, the text will automatically flow from one column to the next. Sometimes, though, you may want to control exactly where each column begins. You can do this by creating a column break.

To add a column break:

In our example below, we'll add a column break that will move text to the beginning of the next column.

  1. Place the insertion point at the beginning of the text you want to move.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Placing the insertion point
  2. Select the Page Layout tab, then click the Breaks command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  3. Select Column from the menu.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Adding a column break
  4. The text will move to the beginning of the column. In our example, it moved to the beginning of the next column.

    Screenshot of Word 2013After adding a column break

To learn more about adding breaks to your document, visit our lesson on Breaks.