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Text box divided into three columns

In Publisher, it's easy to turn any text box into equally spaced columns of the same size.

When you add text to columns that you create by dividing a text box, the text automatically flows from one column into the next.

To divide a text box into columns, click Text Box on the Format menu, click the Text Box tab, and then click Columns. You can then choose the number of columns you want to divide the text box into, and you can control the spacing between the text and the column boundary.

You can also make columns by creating a separate text box for each column. In this case, text will not flow automatically from one column to the next unless you link the text boxes. We'll cover that in the next lesson.

If you're thinking of converting a print publication for use on the Web, it's best to make each column a separate text box.

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