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How to Make Columns in Google Docs

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Update 9/20/16: Google has now added a built-in Columns feature in Google Docs! Just go to Format > Columns and select the format you’d like. For more information, check out our more recent post, Create & Customize Columns in Google Docs (No More Workarounds Needed).

If you’ve ever tried to create columns in Google Docs (for example, if you’re making a newsletter), you might have noticed that there’s no built-in feature for it. Don’t worry, though—the workaround is easy. Here’s a simple method for making columns.

  • Head up to the menu bar and select Table > Insert table.
  • For this example, we’ll make two columns. Choose a table with two columns and only one row.
  • Enter your text into the table.
  • Right click inside of the table and select Table properties.
  • Change the Cell padding value. We chose .5, but that’s a matter of personal preference, so play around until you get a look that you like.
  • Right click inside the table and select Table properties again. This time, change the Table border value to 0, in order to make the border disappear.

A quick note when using this method: Your text won’t automatically move from one column to the next, so you’ll have to copy and paste it in order to get your layout the way you want it. Because of that, we often find it easiest to do all our typing first, mark where we want content to be in different columns, and then just create the table and copy and paste the content.

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