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Splitting text in two columns in Word 2010

Hi there,

I have two sets of text, one in English and the other in Spanish.  I would like the English Text to go in the left column of a page and the Spanish in the other right hand column.
Just one of the languages spans about two A4 pages, so when I place all the text into 2 columns, all the English is first (on both left and right columns), and then the Spanish, also on left/right columns.
Is there a way to split the two languages evenly and keep the split even over multiple pages, without using a table?
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GrahamSkanCommented:
Not quite sure of your situation, but you should be using table columns, not snaking 'newspaper' columns.
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hbcitAuthor Commented:
It was a question that was posed to me today, with the comment, I can't use a table.  I don't have a problem with adding the two sets of text to a table, but I am wondering if the normal column option can be done.
From what you are saying is, one would be an idiot to not use a table?
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GrahamSkanCommented:
I should go back to the actual user and ask 'why not?'

Perhaps he or she doesn't realise that the table cells can be without borders, so the table structure is not visible in the printed output. Unless the option to view table gridlines is turned on, it can't be seen on the screen, either.
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Paul SauvéCommented:

1. Create a table with 2 columns (either before or after the text).

2. Select and Cut the English text and paste into the left-hand column.

3. Select and Cut the Spanish text and Paste into the right-hand column.

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Sasha KranjacCommented:
Hi,
if you want to "split" a text into two parts, or as in your example, have two texts separated without using table you have to insert columns.
Do this:
1. select the text you want to be put in columns
2. on the Page Layout tab click Columns and choose Two
3. place text cursor right before the text you want to be displayed in right column
4. on Page Layout tab click Break, then click Column
You inserted Column break that wraps the text and places it in next column. You can now type anything you want in the left column and still have the text in the right column intact.
See the attached file as an example. Just make sure that Show/Hide hidden characters is turned on (CTRL+*) so you can see where have you put your Breaks (and to be able to delete them if you make a mistake).

Hope it helps.
Regards,
SasaK Columns-in-Word-2010.docx
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Paul SauvéCommented:
Hi hbcit,


Here is the difference between columns & tables, when the English & Spanish text spans 2 pages: Columns-in-Word-2010PS.docx Table-in-Word-2010PS.docx
As you can see:
In columns (Columns-in-Word-2010PS.docx), the English text finishes in the middle of the second column pag3 1, THEN the Spanish text starts.
In table (Table-in-Word-2010PS.docx), the English & Spanish texts are side-by-side over 2 pag3s.

PaulS
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hbcitAuthor Commented:
@SasaK:
This is known, but the main issue is multiple pages.  If you add more text to your left column, it ends up in the right column once it moves to the second page.  Your method works only for text that fits in the left column.
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hbcitAuthor Commented:
Thanks all for the comments.
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Sasha KranjacCommented:
@hbcit:
You are right. This work only if you have enough text to fit on one page. Using tables is the best way to do that.
Regards,
SasaK
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