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Can anyone tell me how to set up columns in MS Word, etc?


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#1 Shellybelle72

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 04:53 PM

[font="Comic Sans MS"][size="2"][color="#483d8b"]I have figured out how to set up the columns. I have the subject centered in the middle at the top and then after that there are two columns. However, I can't figure out how to get the curser over to the right columns. When I hit enter or tab, it just takes me to the next line below and on the left side of the screen.

Thanks.

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EDIT: Merged two topics, same/similar issues ~ Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 09 January 2011 - 10:01 AM.
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 06:00 PM

Hi Shelley & welcome to the forum!

What version of Word?

I have requested that this topic be moved to the Business Applications forum so that your topic can get the correct attention that you need.
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 06:18 PM

I have MS Word with a Windows XP computer.

Do I have to repost it there? Or is it now moved there already?

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EDIT: I moved to Bus Apps ~ Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 29 December 2010 - 06:32 PM.

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 06:30 PM

I have figured out how to have the subject centered at the top and then after that have the page broken up into two columns. However, I still have to tab all the way down to the bottom of the page to trype in the right column. There has to be a better way. :P

This would be an example.

Vitamins Minerals

Sorry. I didn't want to take the time to put in examples in each but I'm sure you get the idea.

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 11:25 PM

Greetings Shellybelle72,

Would you be open to using the Table option instead? They offer more flexibility than the Column settings. If you have not worked with the Table features, below is a basic tutorial of how to use them.

Table Basics

Here is a Microsoft Training: Table I

What version of Word are you using?

Hope the above information helps.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 07:46 AM

All I know is that I have Windows XP and MS Word. If there is any other information I would need to give you, I would need to know where to look. LOL

Thanks. I will check out the table setting. But for now, I simply tabbed all the way down and then to the next column. I wanted to put them in the categories as they came to me, like writing up a list of pros and cons, dos and don'ts, etc. I have learned that the columns were pretty much designed for writing an article in which you did not want to have long sentences going across the entire page but you wanted to use a very small font, like in a newspaper. Now the document is doe and I'm happy with it. I will check out the tables for documents in the future.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 10:13 AM

[font="Comic Sans MS"][size="2"][color="#483d8b"]I have figured out how to set up the columns. I have the subject centered in the middle at the top and then after that there are two columns. However, I can't figure out how to get the curser over to the right columns. When I hit enter or tab, it just takes me to the next line below and on the left side of the screen.

Thanks.

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Hi Shelly, :)

Are you attempting to make two "reading" columns--like in a newspaper or magazine article? Or are you trying to make a table with two columns and multiple rows for related entries?

F&C :idea:

Edited by rigel, 31 December 2010 - 07:13 PM.


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Posted 30 December 2010 - 01:32 PM

If you click on the help menu and go to the About Microsoft Word option it should tell you the version number.
It may also tell you on the splash screen when Word starts up

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 10:24 PM

Hi, Shellybelle:

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I believe, from your description here and in the other thread, that you'd be best off using a table, as suggested in that other thread. With a table, you can set as many rows (horizontal boxes), and columns (vertical boxes), as you need. From the description, I believe you'd only need one row and two columns. To give you clear instructions on how to do this, you'll need to let us know what version of MS Word you have. To find that information, click on "Help" at the top of your MS Word window, then click on "About." That will tell you which version you are using. Once we have that info, someone can help you with setting up a table in a Word document.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 11:45 PM

If you click on the help menu and go to the About Microsoft Word option it should tell you the version number.
It may also tell you on the splash screen when Word starts up

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Thanks. It's a Jim Warren painting. He has some really neat stuff. :) I will do that. Thanks. :clapping:
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 11:48 PM


[font="Comic Sans MS"][size="2"][color="#483d8b"]I have figured out how to set up the columns. I have the subject centered in the middle at the top and then after that there are two columns. However, I can't figure out how to get the curser over to the right columns. When I hit enter or tab, it just takes me to the next line below and on the left side of the screen.

Thanks.

Shelly-


Hi Shelly, :)

Are you attempting to make two "reading" columns--like in a newspaper or magazine article? Or are you trying to make a table with two columns and multiple rows for related entries?

F&C :idea:


Well, the table would have been best. But I did it like columns for a newspaper and simply tabbed down and then to the next column and it worked out alright. But I wil check out the tables option for future use. Thanks.

Edited by rigel, 31 December 2010 - 07:13 PM.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 11:49 PM

Hi, Shellybelle:

Welcome to BC!

I believe, from your description here and in the other thread, that you'd be best off using a table, as suggested in that other thread. With a table, you can set as many rows (horizontal boxes), and columns (vertical boxes), as you need. From the description, I believe you'd only need one row and two columns. To give you clear instructions on how to do this, you'll need to let us know what version of MS Word you have. To find that information, click on "Help" at the top of your MS Word window, then click on "About." That will tell you which version you are using. Once we have that info, someone can help you with setting up a table in a Word document.



Yeah, that does sound like the way to go. I didn't really check out the tables option when I was typing it up. Thanks for the suggestion.

And I like Carl Jung too. :)

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 09:28 AM

I've not read a lot of Jung, but when I saw that quote, it just seemed to be SO appropriate for the internet... <_<

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 05:55 PM

Well, the table would have been best. But I did it like columns for a newspaper and simply tabbed down and then to the next column and it worked out alright. But I wil check out the tables option for future use. Thanks.


To answer your question it depends on if you are using Word 2003 or earlier, or if you are using 2007/2010. I'm guessing you are using 2003/XP/2000/97. If so follow these instructions

Format
Columns

Decide how many columns you would like. Click on that and then hit OK.
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:31 AM

I have figured out how to have the subject centered at the top and then after that have the page broken up into two columns. However, I still have to tab all the way down to the bottom of the page to trype in the right column. There has to be a better way.


You can insert a column break to skip the remainder of that column and move onto the start of the next one. It all depends on what you want to do with the columns. If it is important that entries on one side match entries on the other you should indeed use a table, but if you just want the neatness of the formatting columns are easier to work with.

To insert a column break, follow these steps: (Credit to here.)

1. Position your cursor where you would like to insert the column break
2. Open the Page Layout ribbon
3. In the Page Setup section, click Breaks
4. From the dropdown menu, select column
5. Any text typed will begin in the next column. If there is already text following the cursor, it will be moved to the next column

Or press CTRL + SHIFT + Enter

Edited by JosiahK, 02 January 2011 - 11:32 AM.

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