Google Docs can split a document up into columns, which is excellent for making newsletters, pamphlets, and brochures. Here’s how you can separate parts of your document up into two or three columns in Google Docs.

How to Create Multiple Columns in Google Docs

Adding multiple columns to your documents in Google Docs is still a relatively new feature that people have been demanding for a while. With this addition, Google Docs continues to inch closer to the capabilities of Microsoft Word.

To start using columns in your file, click the “Format” menu, point to “Columns,” and choose either two or three columns.

You can also click the “More Options” option for some additional choices.

If you clicked “More Options,” the Column Options window that opens lets you choose how many columns you want, the exact spacing between columns, and whether or not to add a line between columns. Make your choices and then click “Apply.”

If you only want to add column formatting to certain parts of your document, start by highlighting just the text you want to format as columns and then follow the same steps from above.

To start typing in the next column, you’ll need to insert a column break. Head to Insert > Break > Column break, and Google Docs will start a new column wherever your insertion point is currently placed.

To return to the default page setup, highlight the desired text and choose “One Column” as the format.

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