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Document 383

How to create multiple columns in typeset documents

Version: 3.x, 4.x, 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word

The typesetting specifications for each document shell determine the number of columns initially created with the shell. If you want simple double columns throughout your document, modify the document class options to specify the double-column option.

However, if you want some certain document elements in multiple columns and others not, use the multicol package to create as many as 10 columns of text or to combine single and multiple columns on the same page:

  1. Add the multicol package to your document.
  2. Define the start of the multicolumn environment:
    1. Place the insertion point where you want multiple columns to begin.
    2. Enter an encapsulated TeX field.
    3. In the entry area, type \begin{multicols}{x} where x is the number of columns you want.
    4. Choose OK.
  3. Define the end of the multicolumn environment:
    1. Place the insertion point where you want multiple columns to end.
    2. Enter an encapsulated TeX field.
    3. In the entry area, type \end{multicols} and choose OK.

Last revision 03/03/06

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