Using Text Columns In Pages

You can set your text to appear in one, two or more columns. Using multiple columns can make it easier to include elements like photos in your documents. You can flow your text between different numbers of columns on a single page, but it can be trickily to implement.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Using Text Columns In Pages”

    Shirley Allan
    9 years ago

    Yea! The empty paragraph was just what I was looking for to change a document from from one column to two columns in the middle of a document!
    Thanks again Gary!

    jesse mogle
    8 years ago

    I need a blank document to have 4 columns. Each column needs to be independent from the other (meaning text deleted or added in one column can't effect the other columns but they need to line up)
    The columns you show, and I have tried, make it so when you delete they all shift.
    Without holding enter till the end of 4th column I wasn't able to freely click
    I thought maybe use a chart but it wants to add cell lines and i can't have lines.
    It's for an actor's resume so the data has to line up

      8 years ago

      Sounds like you don't want to be using columns at all. What you want would work better if you simply created 4 independent text boxes.

        jesse mogle
        8 years ago


        Bingo. The simplest solution. I had never used that option before so I wasn't aware I had it. Makes my question seem amateur now but you've saved me a lot of time and frustration. Thank You.


    Jan Fantl
    8 years ago

    I need to write a very long docs, 17 - 70 pages, that have 2 columns running parallel - 2 languages - but each of the columns to break to the next page not to next column. I need the text in 2 languages to stay parallel yet independently.

      8 years ago

      You can't use columns that way. You would use normal text boxes in Page Layout mode, which will create some other difficulties for you. I would recommend using a more pro-level Word processor (MS Word) or perhaps a page layout tool (iBooks Author, InDesign, etc).

        Jan Fantl
        8 years ago

        thank you Gary,
        I appreciate - even your advice tours me away from pages.
        I like your videos a lot

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