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How to delete columns in a Microsoft Word Document

Stuck with a pesky column in your Microsoft Word document and no matter where you highlight, press delete or right-click it just won’t go away?

Don’t worry, you are not alone.

Removing a column from your Microsoft Word document isn’t something that can be done through the margin lines at the top and bottom of your file. Deleting a column does take a particular sequence of steps, lucky for you they are fairly straight forward.

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Before you try copying the text from your current Word Document and pasting it into a new, blank, column-free page, the formatting such as columns will usually copy across as well. It’s helpful that Microsoft takes all formatting with a copy-paste, but not when you are trying to remove the columns from your document.

In this post, we will take you through 4 easy steps to remove the column from your Word document and leave you to type across your page, column-free.

How to remove the columns for your Word Document

  1. Open Microsoft Word
  2. Click the Insert Tab
  1. Under the Insert Tab, Click Columns
  2. Select the One column

By selecting one column, you have successfully removed any columns from your document. One column describes a single column (or page) of text, which is also a standard word document – column-free!

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When you have just sent off the latest version of a document, hoping it will be the last while knowing deep down that it will come back and require another round of edits/changes or updated.

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