How to Switch from Two Columns to One in Google Docs

Google Docs documents can contain a lot of different page and formatting options, including the number of columns. So you may be wondering how to switch from two columns to one column in Google Docs if the current settings no longer match your current document needs.

Certain types of documents that you might create with Google Docs will require the document to be formatted into multiple columns. However, if you are editing such a document and need to put it into a one column document, then you might be wondering how to do that without a lot of editing or copying and pasting.

Fortunately the menu in Google Docs that lets you choose the number of columns for your document makes it relatively simple to switch back and forth between those different column options. Our tutorial below will show you how to take a two-column document and turn it into a one-column document with just a few short clicks.

How to Switch Between Columns in Google Docs (Changing the Number of Columns)

  1. Open your document.
  2. Choose Format.
  3. Select Columns.
  4. Click on the desired number of columns.

Our article continues below with additional information on switching the number of columns in a Google Docs document, including pictures for these steps.

How to Go Back to One Column in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome. The same steps will also work in most other desktop Web browsers. This guide assumes that you currently have a two column document that you would like to switch to a single column document.

Note that if you have any images or other objects in your document, you may need to resize them. Therefore it is always a good idea to proofread your document after making this switch so that you can ensure nothing unusual has happened. If you included a page break at some point and want to delete it, or if you need to add one, then check out this tutorial for more information.

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at and open the document that you wish to switch back to one column.

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

open the google docs format tab

Step 3: Select the Columns option, then click the leftmost option to switch the document to one column.

how to switch from two columns to one in google docs

Note that there are some other options on this formatting menu that you may need to use. Our guide here discusses strikethrough and how to use it or remove it.

Do you have a document in the Google Docs format, but you need to submit it as a Word document? Learn how to save as a Word doc from Google Docs so that you can create the needed file without even using Microsoft Word.

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