How to Split a Google Doc in Half

When you create new documents in Google Docs, content that you add will span from the left margin to the right margin, then proceed to the next line. Use these steps to split a Google Doc in half.

  1. Open your Google Doc.
  2. Select Format at the top of the window.
  3. Choose the Columns option.
  4. Click the middle icon with two columns.

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

Most documents that you create for work or school are going to be just fine using the default formatting options in Google Docs.

But occasionally you might need to make something a little different, such as a newsletter or an article, and you need to split that Google Doc in half.

Fortunately this is possible thanks to the option in Google Docs that lets you create columns.

Continue reading below and learn how to split Google Docs in half by switching from one to two columns.

How to Split a Document in Half in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers as well.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document to split in half.

Step 2: Click the Format tab in the toolbar at the top of the window.

click the Format tab

Step 3: Choose the Columns option from the dropdown menu.

select the Columns option

Step 4: Click the button with two columns to split the document in half.

how to split a Google Doc in half

Note that there is another option there where you can split your document into thirds instead. Alternatively you can click the single column button to remove the columnization.

If you would like to make additional changes to your columns, such as adding a line between them, or changing the spacing between columns, you can select More options from the Columns menu.

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