How to Put a Line Between Columns in Google Docs

Formatting a document with columns can be useful for certain types of articles, or you may be working on a project that requires the document to be split into columns. But the addition of one or two columns to your document might not provide the full effect that you want, which can leave you looking for another way to visually separate these document elements.

One way to do this involves the addition of a line between the columns. But rather than trying to draw a line there, or implement it in another way, you can take advantage of a special setting in Google Docs’ column menu that that lets you automatically add a separating line between your document’s columns.

How to Separate Columns with a Line in Google Docs

The steps in this article assume that you currently have a document with columns in Google Docs, and that you want to add a line between those columns. If you haven’t added the columns to your document yet, then this article can show you how.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at and open the file to which you would like to add a separating line between columns.

Step 2: Choose the Format tab at the top of the window.

google docs format menu

Step 3: Select the Columns option, then click the More options item.

column options menu google docs

Step 4: Check the box to the right of Line between columns, then click the Apply button.

how put line between columns in google docs

If you want to remove that column later, simply return to that same menu and uncheck the Line between columns box instead.

Want to make your columns wider? Switch your document to the landscape orientation so that the width of each column increases. newsletter

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