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Add or delete columns in a document

You can insert or remove columns in a document in Google Docs.

Make text into columns

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the text you want to put into columns.
  3. Click Format and then Columns.
  4. Select the number of columns you want.

Change columns

  1. Select the columns you want to change.
  2. Click Format and then Columns.
  3. Click More options.
  4. You can change things like:

    • The number of columns

    • Spacing between columns

    • Lines between columns

    • Order of columns

Remove column format

  1. Select the columns you want to change.
  2. Click 1 column .
  3. Click Apply.

Add a column break

Column breaks make the next text start at the top of the next column, similar to a page break.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click the part of the column where you want to add a break.
  3. Click Insert and then Column break.

If the column break option isn’t available, put text into 2 or more columns.

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