How to Use Columns in Apple iWork Pages

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Columns are a great way to add a professional look to marketing materials like pamphlets and brochures. They're also a necessity if you're creating a newsletter. Fortunately, you don't have to mess with complicated formatting tricks. It is easy to insert multiple columns in your Pages documents.

To Insert Multiple Columns

You can use Pages' column formatting options to insert up to 10 columns in a document in landscape mode. To insert multiple columns, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Click Inspector in the toolbar.
  2. Click the Layout button.
  3. Click Layout.
  4. In the Columns field, type the number of columns you want.

When you have multiple columns in your document, you can enter text as you normally would. When you reach the end of a column, the text will automatically flow into the next column.

Adjust the Width of Your Columns?

You may want to adjust the width of your columns. To do so, double-click any value in the Column list and enter a new number. This will adjust the width of all columns in your document. If you want to specify different widths for your columns, just deselect Equal column width.

Adjust the Gutter?

You can also adjust the gutter, or space between each column. Double-click any value in the Gutter list and enter a new number.