How to create columns in Google Docs

One of the ways in which you can organize your text is by using columns. Google Docs allows you to organize your text in multiple columns and even add a line between each of them.

This feature is especially useful when you’re creating a newsletter or newspaper as the text in these types of content is generally organized in the form of columns.

Creating (and removing) columns in Google Docs is simple and convenient.

Moreover, you have a lot of options for customizing them- you can set the number of columns to divide your text into, choose the spacing between them, and decide whether or not to insert lines between them.

Let’s learn the steps to insert a column in your Google Docs document.

Step 1: Open your document.

First, open the document that you want to format. You can also create a new document by clicking on the plus button (which will create a blank document) or by choosing one of the many templates.

Step 2: Click on the Format tab.

Click on the Format tab in your Google Docs toolbar to open the Format menu. This is at the top right corner of your screen, to the left of the Insert tab. 

Step 3: Click on the Columns option.

Hover your mouse over or click on the Columns option in the Format menu. A small menu will appear on the screen.

Step 4: Either choose one of the options for columns or click on ‘More options.’

If you want to organize your text into one or two columns, click on one of the visuals in the Columns menu.

If you want your document to have more than three columns, click on ‘More options.’

Also, the default spacing between the columns is 0.5 inches. If you want to edit this, you should choose ‘More options.’ You should also select this option if you want to insert a line between your columns.

This should open up a new window.

(If you’ve chosen ‘More options’) Step 5: Create your columns.

If you’ve chosen ‘More options,’ you’ll see a window that allows you to pick the number of columns in your document, spacing between them in inches, and whether or not to insert a line between them.

Change each of these options based on your preferences.

Step 6: Click on ‘Apply.’

Once you’ve selected your preferences, click on ‘Apply’ to reflect these changes in your document.

Below is an example of a document in which the text is divided into three columns that are spaced 0.5 inches from each other.

Selectively applying columns

You can also format only certain parts of your text into columns. Simply highlight the part where you want to create columns and follow the process described above. 

Removing columns 

It’s also easy to remove the columns from your text. Simply follow this process:

  1. Click on the Format tab.
  2. Click on the Columns option.
  3. Select the single column graphic in the Columns menu.


This is all you have to know about creating columns of text in Google Docs! We hope you found this article useful.

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