Remove Columns

How to remove columns in Microsoft Word

To add or remove columns in Word the first stop is the Layout tab on the Ribbon. The Columns feature displays several options.

Column options

Once you select the number of columns required they are displayed on the ruler.

rurler with columns

To move between columns you will have to insert a Column break. Column breaks can also be found on the Layout tab of the Ribbon.

column breaks

Once the column break is in place you can move from one column to another and back again.

two columns

Section Break

To remove columns, you will need to add a section break continuous and then reset the columns to one. This method will put the page back to its default of one column.

section break
one column default

Draft/Outline View

To see any section or column breaks and even hard page breaks, you have to select the View tab on the Ribbon and either Outline or Draft view. In these views you can remove the section or column breaks if required. Check the impact of the removal before saving the document. Section breaks for example are used to change orientation of a page within a document. Deleting a break may mess up the layout altogether.

draft mode

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