How to Adjust Width, Spacing and Line between Columns in Word

After creating columns in word document there are some more options for columns in word that you can change column width, columns spacing, lines between columns and apply columns to word document (whole document, on a specific page or even on a paragraph). This guide works in both Word 2007 and Word 2010


Open your document in Word 2007 or 2010, Click on “Page Layout” tab > “Columns” > “More Columns…” options

line between columns in Word


To bring the lines between columns, just check the “Line Between” Check box and hit OK button

lines between columns in word

Change column width and spacing in word


Under “Width and Spacing” section enter the column width and spacing value or just click the tiny arrows right to the value to increase or decrease the value, this will change the columns width and spacing with equal value of all columns.

Columns width and spacing in word

If you want to give different width and spacing to some columns than uncheck the “Equal column width” check box and enter different values of each column as you want.

11 comments… add one
Nono May 15, 2010, 9:26 pm

thanks for these Word 2010 tips

Roadmovie May 27, 2010, 12:32 pm

Self evident when you know it but a nightmare when you don’t. Thanks for the guidance. I spent half an hour trying to find this setup info by myself. ;-))

IM June 3, 2010, 8:29 am

No where else i found info. about to remove line between columns, thanks

yan May 31, 2010, 4:13 pm

Searching for the same thing, thanks for writing on word column width, spacing and line between

mojo August 10, 2011, 1:36 pm

what the hell is this

Misha October 16, 2011, 6:05 pm

Thank you. As someone mentioned earlier, easy once you know where to look, but a nightmare when you don’t.

Lynda November 14, 2011, 9:49 pm

Thank you. Word doesn’t make it easy, but you do.

Ohiani Mike January 18, 2013, 8:51 pm

Thanks a Million. It is a brilliant one

yesenia April 1, 2013, 8:11 am

thank you!! This helps a bunch with my Homework I understood you better than my book!!!

Jessica June 19, 2013, 2:15 am

How do i modify the length of the line that in between the columns? The line changes in length between files I have and I need them all to be consistent.

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