Learning how to add a column in Word 2013 is helpful if you are creating a document that is better suited to a multi-column format. This is common for newsletters and other similar publications that are typically not distributed in the default single-column format that Word generates.
Our guide below will show you how to add a column to your document, whether it is a new or existing one. You can specify the number of columns that you would like in your document, and you can easily change that number if you decide later that the current selection is not ideal.
How to Insert a Column in Word 2013
The steps in this guide will show you how to format your entire document with your new column structure. This means that the entire document will have the number of columns that you select in the last step. However, if you only want to add a column to part of your document, then you can do so using the information in the tip at the end of this guide.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Columns button, then select the number of columns that you want in your document. Word will automatically reformat the entire document to have that number of columns.
If you only want to add additional columns to your document after the existing content, then you can do so by clicking at the end of the current content, clicking the Columns button in step 3, then clicking the More Columns option. You can then adjust your column settings on this menu as needed, making sure to click the Apply to dropdown menu at the bottom of the window and choosing the This point forward option.
Do you need to remove an existing column from a document? Learn how to remove a column in Word 2013 if you would like to have fewer columns in a document.
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