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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Changing the number of columns for existing text

You might want some parts of a page to have one column and other parts of the page to have two or more columns. For example, you might have a page-width headline over a three-column news story.

You can create columns and then type or paste text into them, or you can select some existing text and change the number of columns for displaying it.

When you select text and change the number of columns for that text, Writer turns the selected text into a section, as described in “Using sections for page layout†on page 95.

Figure 88 shows the Columns dialog box for a selection. Notice that the Apply to box on the right-hand side has Selection highlighted and an extra check box (Evenly distribute contents to all columns) appears in the upper left-hand part of the dialog box.

As you add text to the section, you will see that the text flows from one column to the next so that all the columns adjust to the same height. If this is not what you want, click anywhere in the section, then choose Format > Columns to reopen the Columns dialog box, deselect the Evenly distribute contents to all columns check box, and click OK to effect the change.

Tip

Choose View > Nonprinting Characters (or press Ctrl+F10) to display end of paragraph markers (). Often, unexpected behavior of columns is due to extra paragraphs that are normally invisible to the user but are taking up space.

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