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Google has a variety of useful apps that businesses are integrating and increasingly relying on. One of the more popular apps is Google Drive and the connected document production apps. Google Docs has many of the same features as other word processors. That being said, there are some features missing, such as the ability to create columns. But there is a workaround available.
If you have a Google Doc that you would like to split into columns, you won’t be able to press a button like on other word processors, this trick however should help. While this won’t create a true columned document, it will be good enough, especially if you turn the Doc into a PDF or are just sharing it with other people. So, how do you create a columned Google Doc? With tables!
As we said above, adding columns to your Good Doc isn’t technically a feature, but can be essentially simulated through the use of tables.
When you create a table, and the content is pasted into it, you will then want to format it to get rid of the table border, and also set where the text sits in the table.
You can take out the table outline by right-clicking anywhere in the table and selecting Table properties… In the window that opens click on 1 pt under Table border and select 0 pt. This will remove the border around the table, making it look like the Doc has two columns.
You can also format the way the text is aligned in the table by right-clicking anywhere on the table and selecting Table properties… Click Top under Cell vertical alignment and select where you would like the text to be aligned and where it should stay should you move the size of each cell. Top means the text will essentially stick to the top border, center or bottom of the cell.
If you are looking to learn more about using Google Docs and its use in your company, get in touch today.
Published on 13th November 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.