I've talked about page setup before. Specifically, how the heck do you have one page set up so that it's got a cover design with no page number, and then the second page and the rest have page numbers, nothing fancy, and start with the page number 1?
The answer for that is here.
But what if your question is this: How do you insert one or more pages of columns in your document, then switch back to regular layout?
Well, one answer is the same as before. Use page styles, switch between them.
But there's a simpler answer.
Use a section.
A section is a very easy way to set off text to be treated differently. You can give the text a different background, or suck in the content from an entirely different file, and many other options. The section can be one word or a dozen or more pages.
Just click Insert > Section, and you see the options.
Click the Columns tab, select the number of columns, set up spacing, and a separator line if you want.
Click OK. Here's what the empty section will look like.
Type some content in the section. You'll see the content appear in the section.
You can keep on typing in that section for a long time. Make it as many pages as you want. The text can be a little twitchy when typing in a section which is why you might consider the next thing, below.
Turning existing content into columns You can also simply select a bunch of text that you want in a column, choose Insert > Section, select the Column tab as you did before and apply options, and click OK. Then the selected text will be put into columns without your having to retype or copy and paste it.
But what if your question is this: How do you balance content in a normal document, that's just got columns all the way through? How do you balance column content using the Page Format window?
There is, in fact a solution. I got it from Phil's comment. Thanks, Phil!
Hi. I'm just trying to learn Writer and have been experimenting with columns. If you want the 'Distribute evenly..' checkbox to appear before you do any real typing try typing the first word you want that will be in your first column - highlight it (select it) - then go to Format-Columns and the checkbox will be there. Pretty bizarre to me too but someone must have thought it was a good idea at the time :-)
If you just have a blank page, or you have some text with no text selected, and you choose Format > Columns or Format > Page > Columns, there's no option to balance columns.
BUT if you type then select even a small bit of text, then choose Format > Columns or Format > Page > Columns, there IS an option to balance columns.
Make your column selections, such as selecting the number of columns, and the checkbox will become enabled. Click OK and there you go.
The answer is, I don't think you can. Or rather, yet again, ya gotta use sections. Look at this page setup window. There's no option to balance the columns. How is it that there's an option to balance content in sections that have columns, but not in pages?
I don't know. I think it's kind of silly.
How do you choose whether to balance or not balance content in sections that have columns?
If you want to use sections to create columns, the balancing option is available there too. Choose Insert > Section, Columns tab. Evenly Distribute Contents to All Columns .
If you don't want balance, unmark it. Then your columnated sections will look like this -- content all the way to the bottom of the page, then restarting in the next column.
How do you change a section once it's inserted?
Select some of the content in the section, then choose Format > Section. Click the Options button and you'll see everything you need.