A column break inserts a hard break, similar to a page break or section break, and causes the rest of the content to appear in the following column. Place the cursor where you want the column to split in a document with columns. Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to open the Document Properties window.
The column break is entered by the user, not by Word. Inserting a column break allows a user to begin text in a new column. It is placed behind the final piece of text before the user enters the break. If the text continues to the end of the page, it may enter a new column, but this is not considered a column break. There is no way to force a document to enter a new column.
For further flexibility over the document format, you may enter your own column breaks.
Put your cursor where you want the column to split. Click Page Layout > Breaks in Word 2013 or Word 2010. A menu of choices will emerge. Select Column. A column break is added. To see it, go to Home > Show/Hide. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Enter adds a column break where your cursor is.
Insert the following for a column break: The break will be placed once the cursor is moved behind the final character. This is usually at the conclusion of a sentence, following the dot. Finally, press the OK button to create the break.
The Column break is the next option in the Page Breaks menu. When your document contains columnar content, you may use a column break to separate the columns. Word inserts a new line to allow for the addition of a header and advances the next paragraph by following the cursor to the beginning of the next column.
The Page break is the final option in the Page Breaks menu. When your document contains page content, you may use a page break to separate them. Word inserts a new page and starts on the top left-hand corner of that page.
This command also works with other tables in the document.
Columns are most typically used to break up long blocks of text that cannot fit on a single page. Columns are often utilized to improve page composition and readability. The columns should be equal in width so that the reader does not have to strain his or her eyes to follow the text.
There are several different types of columns: wide, narrow, full, half, and quarter.
Wide columns are used to divide long passages of text into shorter segments for ease of reading. These columns should be no more than about 80 characters wide (including spaces) so as not to interfere with the flow of the text.
Narrow columns are similar to wide columns, but they are limited to 40 characters or less.
Full, half, and quarter columns divide a page into three, two, or one-third parts respectively. These columns are useful for grouping items on a page or for indicating separate sections of a book.
It's best to avoid using columns if your text is flowing easily without them. However, when appropriate, this tool can help you organize your content so readers can better absorb it.