How To Make Columns In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make columns in Google Docs.

How To Make Columns In Google Docs

Organizing your text into columns is a great way to make your data easier to read and understand. Adding columns can also allow you to fit more information in a single page.

Google Docs allows us to apply a two-column or even three-column formatting to either the entire document or certain sections of it.

In this guide, we will show you how to add and remove columns in Google Docs. We will also explain how to adjust the spacing between columns.

How to Create Columns in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to create columns in google docs.

Step 1

First, open the document you want to add columns to. Select the text you want to format as two or more columns.

Step 2

Click Format > Columns to reveal the possible options for column formatting. Users can choose to have up to three columns in a single page.

Step 3

Text that is formatted as two columns will automatically adjust into two columns that cut off at a point where both columns are of equal length.

The formatted text will maintain its columns as the user adds more text.

Do note that column formatting is applied to text and is not a property of the page. Place your cursor on the line below where the column-formatted text ends to enter new text that is no longer formatted as columns.

Step 4

We can also format our text to flow into three columns.

Step 5

We can click Format > Columns > More options to access the Column options dialog box. Through this menu, we can adjust the spacing for each column, the number of columns, and whether to include a line between columns.

Step 6

To remove column formatting from a text, select the target text and click Format > Columns > 1 Column.

The selected text should revert back to regular formatting.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to make columns in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this example document to test it out on your own.