Much like ancient Greek architecture, some forms of writing would fall apart without columns. Newspapers, websites, journals, magazines and newsletters, for example, all present text in neat columns to increase readability and ensure professional presentation.\n\n[caption id="attachment_5520" align="aligncenter" width="485"] Column formatting in action.[\/caption]\n\nIf you are writing something along these lines in Microsoft Word, then, you\u2019ll need to know how the column formatting options work. Read on to find out.\nColumn Formatting in Microsoft Word\n[caption id="attachment_5521" align="alignright" width="281"] Quick options for basic column formatting.[\/caption]\n\nTo use the pre-set column options in Microsoft Word, all you need to do is:\n\n \tSelect the text that you want to format using the cursor\n \tGo to Layout > Page Setup > Columns on the ribbon\n \tPick the number and style of columns required\n\nIf you do not select any text first, the column formatting will be applied to the entire document.\nCustom Column Formatting\nYou can also create custom columns for more control over how text is presented. To do this:\n\n \tGo to Layout > Page Setup > Columns and click More Columns\u2026\n \tIn the new window, select:\n\n \tThe number per page\n \tWhether to use a line between columns\n \tThe width of each column\n \tWhich parts of the document to format (selecting This point forward will apply a section break at the cursor position)\n\n\n\n[caption id="attachment_5522" align="aligncenter" width="397"] Additional column options.[\/caption]\n\nWhen you are done, click OK to apply the selected options. This will format all selected text (or the entire document) according to your preferences.\nAdding a Column Break\nYou can also add a \u201ccolumn break.\u201d This is useful if you want to end one column part way down and start a new one at the top of the page. To do this, place the cursor where you want a column to end and go to Layout > Page Setup > Breaks > Column. This will add a column break in the place selected.\n\n[caption id="attachment_5523" align="aligncenter" width="417"] Adding a column break.[\/caption]\nWhen to Use Columns\nFinally, a brief word on when to use this formatting style. It would be unusual in most documents printed at portrait A4 size, such as college essays or business reports. Typically, you would only do so if a style guide requested that you format part or all of a document in this way.\n\nHowever, for anything that will be printed or displayed in a wider format (e.g., on landscape A4 or larger paper), column formatting can make text easier to read by reducing the line length.