Hello! I'd be most grateful if somebody could advise me on the following issue about columns, in Microsoft Word 7. I am currently using a Mac but have also had this problem on non-Mac computers:
I am writing a document which mainly comprises un-columned paragraphs (i.e. standard blocks of text as in this message). But every so often I need to insert columns of information. So I will have: 1) a block of un-columned text; 2) two columns (song-lyrics on one side and their translation on the other); 3) then the standard un-columned block of text again. This usually works fine.
When I add more un-columned text, the columns often move to the next page and lose their alignment. I have resolved this by splitting the columns between the two pages and then re-aligning them.
But the problem arises if I have to do that process of re-alignment again (i.e. if I keep adding more text before the columns). In that situation, the columns jump to the next page, leaving a huge blank space between the end of the un-columned text and the start of the column on the following page. The gap does not allow me to write anything in it, and if I try to eliminate it by using the back-space, all of the previous un-columned text becomes columned, while the original columns misalign themselves even more.
Even if I try to paste the columns into a new word document, change them into a single column, change them back into columns, and finally re-paste them onto the original document, the same thing happens. Sometimes, though, after I have changed the columns into a single column, it's impossible to change them back into two columns.
I know that I haven't selected any 'page break' features (unless this is a default setting on the several computers I have used). Usually, I just resort to re-typing the columns, which is of course very time-consuming. Any advice on why this is happening and how to resolve it would be most appreciated!
With thanks in advance,
Edited by Orange Blossom, 27 August 2013 - 04:31 PM.
Moved to more appropriate forum. ~ OB