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Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents justiceerolin 1/6/09 12:53 PM
I need to create a two-column layout in Google Docs. 
 
Please note that this is not for Google Spreadsheets, but for Google Documents (Word, Write equivalent).
 
It's seems like a pretty straightforward setting to change, but I can't find it anywhere.
 
Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents ahab 1/6/09 1:16 PM
Google Docs text editor does not support a multi-column layout. The only 'workaround' you can try is to fake it using a multi-column, one row table. However, and you won't like that, the text will not 'snake' along columns with this method...
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Gill 1/6/09 1:17 PM
You will have to fake it with a 2-column borderless table.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents justiceerolin 1/6/09 1:21 PM
Does Google plan on adding this functionality anytime soon?  It seems like such a basic feature that it should have been in there since Day 1.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents gabc 6/12/09 7:10 PM
Agreed.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Gill 6/13/09 11:16 AM
I think hte problem is it's really hard to do in HTML, which is what the underlying format is I believe.

<<Does Google plan on adding this functionality anytime soon?>> Who knows? It is not Google's practice to let us know what the future holds.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Andrew Giles 7/31/09 12:34 PM
With pure html perhaps.. not with html + CSS.
This should be easy for the code wizards at GOOG.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Jake.wewwl 7/23/10 3:26 PM
I see that almost a year later there is still no column support. I would really like to know if this is a feature Google plans on adding anytime soon.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Gill 7/24/10 5:36 AM
I'm afraid Google never reveal future plans.....
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents neomech 9/17/10 9:39 AM
I'd also like to see columns!  I agree it might be difficult with pure html, but it seems like such a basic feature for a word processor, and there's a lot going on that's not pure html as it is!
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Linda J-H 10/17/10 9:34 PM
Wraparound columns should be a basic feature. I don't understand why Google doesn't have this function on their documents.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Nascarnonna 8/21/15 6:27 AM
Columns are a huge need in google docs.  My school system is planning on not renewing our Office software at the end of the school year and then, I will be forced to only use Docs.  While I like it, I use columns constantly.  HELP!

Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents DAS1951 8/21/15 6:53 AM
Nascarnonna, I wonder whether the IT dept has had any input in this decision, or maybe the school does not care about document functionality.  If it is a purely financial decision they might also learn the cost of supporting people in an unfamiliar environment, or does everyone there already use GDocs?

A 'workaround' is using LibreOffice or OpenOffice.  As I have used neither I am not sure which is better; I recently read a comment that LO interacts better with MS Office, at least on the text editor side, but I have not verified this.
Both will be compatible with GDocs as they use the Open Document Format.  That means you can convert between gdocs and ODF as you can now with MS Office but you will still experience loss of formatting and layout to a greater or lesser extent, as with any file-type conversion.

Maybe this helps a bit.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Renee Nicole 8/21/15 9:20 AM
Why don't they have columns yet?

Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Dana Wells 8/24/15 11:52 PM
Now it is 2015 and still no way to make columns?

Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Guim Gonzalez Lleal 9/2/15 2:14 PM
lol since 2009, c'mon Larry! 
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents juln 8/20/15 2:42 PM
Thank you for your continued feedback on this feature. This currently is a feature that is not available in Google Docs. I have made sure to pass along this request to the product team. You can also share your feedback by the steps below. I will make sure to post back with any updates.

How to Submit Feedback or Feature Suggestions for Google Docs
1. Open a Google Docs document.
2. Go to Help > Docs help.
3. Click on Send feedback (at the bottom).
4. Type in your feedback suggestions.
5. Press the blue Send button.


Cheers,

Julianne
Google Docs Community Manager
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents juln 9/20/16 11:57 AM
Hi all,

I'm excited to share that as of today, you are now able to create columns in Docs. The feature can be found under Format > Columns.


Thanks for your patience as we built this feature.


Cheers,


Julianne




Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents MicahMc 9/21/16 8:35 AM
Excellent! I'm so glad this feature is now available! (As a side note, realize that you can't have both "single" and "double" column on the same page yet. For example, if you want a single-column page title and subtitle, then the rest of the page as a double-column selection, you can't have both (yet). There is no option for selecting only a portion of text for one type of column formatting. Just FYI!
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Ben Liebrand 9/21/16 12:00 PM
Julianne,

Thank you for the update. 

That is great news.

Ben Liebrand
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Davecom6.1 9/21/16 12:09 PM
Thank you very much for this Julianne, I have been requesting this feature from Google for years.  Lists that would have required snaking columns are most of the reason I use Google Documents.  Excellent news!
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Rayid Algharib 9/25/16 5:47 AM
Hi,

I would like to prepare a document for someone to translat:  one-column with the original text which is non-overflowing into the right column, and the column on the right empty. A workaround is to copy only the amount of text into one column, that would not overflow and then add the translated text into the right column. However, when the text in either the right or left column exceeds the amount that fits into one column, this workaround would not help anymore.

Any ideas, or is there a function for this already?

Cheers  
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents DAS1951 9/25/16 5:58 AM
Hi Rayid,
I suggest (1) you explore and experiment with new feature in the document, and (2) post any queries in the Docs forum.  This one here is for Google Drive in general.
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Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 10/6/16 8:33 AM
Thanks Juln, I now see the feature.

A two column document would commonly start with a title centred across the whole page (in single column format), but I can see no way to switch between one and two column mode in the same document. In MS Word this is effected by applying a section break.

The addition of a section break would also allow another often requested feature - to switch between portrait and landscape within the same document.

Am I missing something?
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Mohamed Himedan 10/10/16 9:56 AM
Does Docs support columns of different widths? For example, I'd like a 2 column format, with a 4" first column and 2.5" second column. Thanks in advance for any help.

-Mo
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Josh Lampman 10/11/16 9:44 AM
How do i have 2 columns on one page then 1 column on the next page?
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 10/11/16 9:53 AM
You can't, unless you start a new document.

And you cannot generate a flier with a banner title centred at the top of the sheet with two column mode starting underneath.

Gdocs has no section breaks, so none of this is possible; nor is it possible to mix portrait and landscape in the same doc, which is another requested feature.

The two column feature has been implemented after a lot of nagging, but it is still not usable.

Does that depress you?
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Davecom6.1 10/11/16 10:03 AM
Actually, you're quite wrong, Labarum.  I have documents that have centered titles, then a 1-column explanatory paragraph, then my main 2 column document, and finally a 3-column list of other related items.  All you need to do is select the specific text you want in a particular format, and choose which column option you want for your selected text from the menu.  You could completely change column formats for every page, paragraph, sentence, or even word if you wanted to, all within the same GDoc.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Davecom6.1 10/11/16 10:05 AM
And Mohamed, for the column widths, aren't you able to drag the borders of each column to their desired size in the ruler at the top of the page?  I am.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 10/11/16 10:17 AM
Thank you, Dave. I will try.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 10/11/16 10:29 AM
It is as you say, Dave. And you can insert a table in a column.

I can, however, see no way to force a manual column break.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 10/11/16 10:48 AM


On Sunday, 25 September 2016 15:47:10 UTC+3, Rayid Algharib wrote:
Hi,

I would like to prepare a document for someone to translat:  one-column with the original text which is non-overflowing into the right column

For this purpose you should use a table. Create a page wide table two cells across and one down. Type your text on the left and leave the right for the translator. The table will spill into the next page, still leaving the right side blank. You could remove the table boarder if you choose, but it may be best to leave it visible.

"Columns", sometimes called "Newspaper Columns" is not for your purpose as the text will flow from one couln to the next till the page is full, then start a new page.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 10/12/16 1:49 AM


On Tuesday, 11 October 2016 20:29:03 UTC+3, Labarum wrote:
It is as you say, Dave. And you can insert a table in a column.

I can, however, see no way to force a manual column break.

To correct myself, a manual column break is available from the Insert menu.

As yet there is no keyboard shortcut. In MS Word it is Ctrl+Shift+Enter 
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Zeba Shabnam 10/18/16 6:26 AM
Hey how to add colums from 3rd page only and not for complete doc?
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 10/18/16 6:42 AM
That caught me out. In MS Word, Open Office and most other Wordprocessors you would insert a Section Break then switch from one to two column mode (or back).

GDocs has no Section Break.

Answer: Insert a manual page break. Start typing what you want in two columns. After a few words highlight that new text and click "Two Columns" The Document will now stay in two column mode and you can add as much text as you like. In the Format drop down you will now see the "Column Break" button is no longer greyed out, so you can insert a manual Column Break. To switch back to single column mode start typing that text you want in single column mode, highlight it after a few words, and click the Single column mode button. It is possible to change the number of columns at any point in the page.

A Section Break would be the better solution and enable other enhancements like the much asked for ability to switch form portrait to landscape in the same document.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Davecom6.1 10/18/16 8:01 AM
Or, as I had written earlier, just highlight the text you want in that format, and use the menu to format that selection in the column format you want.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 10/18/16 11:31 AM
Agreed, Dave.

Two approaches:

Yours - applying the column formatting to a text that was drafted in single column format.

Mine - creating a document with columns as you go.

Of course it would have helped Google had launched the new feature with adequate instructions.




Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Sandra Denington 10/19/16 1:19 PM
When I make 2 column documents, I enter all the information before formatting. Once done I went to format then clicked on the format I want. On the document move your cursor where you want the second column to start. Under Insert click on column break. It worked great for what I wanted. 
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents KarenCompton 10/27/16 11:01 AM
Thank you Juln!! How can I get the columns to resize independently of each other? Students are creating resumes and they need a smaller righthand column.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents merianne kaye 11/3/16 11:30 AM
You announced the ability to now make Colin's but my formatting option still doesn't show it. I have an iPhone 5S and the current IOS. What am I doing wrong?
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Sofia Behadorzadeh SUMON 11/5/16 2:50 AM
its not working

Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents DAS1951 11/5/16 4:39 AM
Sofia, the question is, what isn't working?  I just tested it for the first time and it worked.

I placed the cursor on the page of a Docs file, clicked Format/Columns, then selected the number of columns.  Note that it has limitations in terms of where to start and end the columns, something that has been discussed in this forum - just search for threads on columns.

What did you do?  Please spell it out step by step.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Suzanne Hollands-Sibley 11/12/16 9:42 AM
Hi,  I am at the local county library.  I need to created columns in Google Docs but under Format the Columns area in grayed out.  Perhaps they have not yet updated it.   I also want to create a solid orangle color background and would like to know how to accomplish that. 
Thanks.

Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Gill 11/12/16 4:11 PM
Hi Suzanne - I'm not sure why you wouldn't have the column capability yet - if you are on an Apps account please check with your Admin contact 

As for the orange background please check out File-Page setup where you should be able to set the background page colour.
Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents surfmurf 11/30/16 2:48 PM
I have set the 2 columns format 3 times and also set the spacing between columns to 0.5, to 1.0 and then to 1.5, but nothing happens to create the 2nd column.  I have tried various ways to locate the 2nd column.  Sometimes when I space across the page after the end of a sentence in (supposedly) the 1st column, the cursor jumps to the 2nd line in column 1 and sometimes it does nothing but continue across the full 1 columns width.  I am using WIN 10 and .  




















Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 11/30/16 4:57 PM
This is just a guess as to your problem:

Two column mode does not work as in MS Word and Open/Libre Office. You can only apply two or three colum mode to pre-existing text.

Type something, even a single word, highlight it and then click "two columns"

This approach has some merits but is utterly perverse to anyone used to other word processors.


Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Hill Bill 12/1/16 11:46 AM
How do you enter text in the second column I cant seem to get the cursor into the right hand side of the page ie
 right hand column 

Re: Making Two Column Layout in Google Documents Labarum 12/1/16 12:15 PM
Go to the Format menu

Insert a column break

Unfortunately there is no keyboard shortcut shown there.

And the lack of "reveal codes" (non-printing characters) makes life difficult.
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