How to Add a Column in Word 2013

A new document in Microsoft Word is going to have one column by default. Use these steps to add a column in Word 2013.

  1. Open your document in Word.
  2. Click anywhere in the document and press Ctrl + A to select everything.
  3. Choose Page Layout at the top of the window.
  4. Select the Columns button.
  5. Click the Two option.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.

Adding columns to a document in Microsoft Word 2013 can be a good idea in a variety of situations. Whether you are composing an article for a newsletter, or typing up a list and trying to save space, many Word users will eventually discover that their document would look better if it were column-ized.

Our guide below will show you how to take an existing document and modify it so that the content of the document is laid out in a format with two (or more) columns.

Adding a Second Column to a Document in Word 2013

The steps in this article will assume that you currently have a document with one column. This is the default layout for a document in Word 2013. Our tutorial below will show you how to select all of the current text in the document, then adjust the layout of the document so that it is split across two columns.

  1. Open your document in Word 2013.
  1. Click inside the document, then press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select the entire document. If your document is currently blank, then you will not need to select the entire document. Additionally, if you only want to add columns to part of your document, then you can manually select that part of your document instead.
select the document content
  1. Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.
click the page layout tab
  1. Click the Columns button in the Page Setup section of the ribbon, then click the Two option. If you would prefer to use a different number of columns, then select that option instead.
add a column in word 2013

Your document should have reformatted itself so that it is displayed with two columns on each page. Note that adding columns to your document will increase the amount of white space that is being used by margins. Learn how to change page margins in Word 2013 so that you can devote more of your multi-column to your document text, instead of the margins.

Our article above specifies adding a second column to a document that already has content in it, but you can also do this with a brand new document as well. If you are starting a new document you can skip the step in this guide that has you selecting all of the content in the document.

While you can adjust the document settings to add more columns, a similar method can be used if you want to remove columns instead.

As with any major document formatting change that you perform in Microsoft Word, this can affect the layout and location of document elements. After changing the number of document columns be sure to go back and proofread your document to ensure that everything still looks OK.

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