Quick & Easy Newspaper Style Columns in Word

Have you ever wondered how to get nice looking, space saving columns of text in Word? Well today is your day. Here are two simple ways to get the results you’re looking for.

Option 1: Tables

Putting your text and images inside the columns of a table is a super simple way to create tables. Many times this is all you need to design the columns you need in your document. Remember to turn off the borders and nobody will ever know there is a table hidden in there.

The layout for the document above was created by using “hidden” tables.

Here are a few items that might help you as you venture down this path:

3 Ways to Create Tables in Word & Which One is Best For You

Using Tables for Document Layout

Option 2: Columns

The columns feature in Word is the way to go if you want things to be a bit more dynamic and automatically adjust to your content.


  1. Select the text you want formatted in columns, or place your cursor where you want columns to begin.
  2. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click Columns.
  3. Click More Columns.
  4. Click the number of columns that you want.
  5. In the Apply to list, click Selected text or This point forward.

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