placing text box in Word on a multi column page

On a two column page, I have the left column at full length.  the right column is currently blank.
I want to place a text border around the left column.  

When I try, the text border extends to the right column and also sometimes seems to add a blank page.

I can not border the single column of text.

Any help will be appreciated.

thanks,
Don  

Word 2007
donohara1Asked:
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
You might be better off with a two-column, single-row table. You can have borders round the left-hand cell and none for the top, bottom and right of the right-hand cell.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Are you trying to put a border around existing text in the left-hand column OR trying to put a border around the the entire left-hand column OR trying to place a text box in Word on a multicolumn page (as you mention in the title of your question)?

Thee only way to place a border in a column is to select the text and choose Home tab ―> Paragraph group ―> Borders and Shading options, then place the border around the paragraphs!

To insert a text box, simply place the cursor where you want to insert and Insert tab ―> Text group ―> Text Box options, then insert the text box...

Or do (the easiest way) asGrahamSkan suggests and create a two-column, single-row table on the page instead of using columns!
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Eric FletcherCommented:
Or you could insert a rectangle shape and change Wrap Text for it to "Behind text". If you use the Layout dialog's Position tab, you can also control precisely where the shape is located on the page, and turn off the "Move object with text" setting to prevent unwanted movement if the anchor point is moved in subsequent edits.
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Another option for the table setting as suggested earlier would be to have a 3 column table with the middle column very narrow. Also set the table so that it is centred on the page.

If and when the right hand column is used you can then format it with a border and it will be separated from the left hand column by the blank formatted thin column in the middle.

Thanks
Rob H
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