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.
    Placing the insertion point
  2. Select the Layout tab, then click the Breaks command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  3. Select Column from the menu.
    Adding 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.
    After adding a column break

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

To remove column breaks:

  1. By default, breaks are hidden. If you want to show the breaks in your document, click the Show/Hide command on the Home tab.
    The Show/Hide command
  2. Place the insertion point to the left of the break you want to delete.
    Placing the insertion point
  3. Press the delete key to remove the break.
    The break is deleted