Columns in Word as the document is written

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Hello All and Thank You for your assistance.

Is Word capable of creating columns prior to writing the document and allowing you to switch from the columns as you write? For example if I am creating a 3 column document. Column A for one list B for another and C for yet another. As I add ideas I want to enter into different columns.

Again, Thank You

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To do what you ask in Word, you need to insert a three-column table. At each point where you want the entries in different columns to align vertically, you must start a new row of the table. This is described at


If the items in columns B and C are small and not very frequent, you could instead make a wide paragraph indent on the right side in the main text's style, and add the B and C entries in either text boxes or frames.

Thank You Jay.
Will give it a try.