Balancing Column Text in Microsoft Word

If you have created text in columns in a Microsoft Word document, you may well want the columns to be of equal length.

To achieve this, place the insertion point at the end of the text in the last column to be balanced.

If using Microsoft Word 2013 or Microsoft Word 2010 or Microsoft Word 2007:

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click Breaks.
  2. From the dropdown menu, click Continuous.

If using Microsoft Word 2003 or earlier:

  1. Click Insert – Break. The Break dialog box will be displayed.
  2. Click Continuous. Click OK.

Whichever version you are using, Microsoft Word inserts a continuous section break and your text will be balanced equally among the columns.

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I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 (or 150 Aussie dollars)for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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