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And, for those of us who find using menus to be a major inconvenience compared to keyboard shortcuts, The Insert ... Manual Break ... Type ... Column Break can be accomplished with Ctrl-Shift-Enter.

Nothing to add to the rest of the comments!


On 3/30/2014 22:10, Brian Barker wrote:
At 21:27 30/03/2014 -0700, Andrew Noname wrote:
I would like to divide my page into two independently controlled columns. Creating columns is easy enough to do. However, I want the text in each column to start at the top of each column. Think of two lists that are independent of each other, column 2 is NOT simply a continuation of column 1. [...]

I know that I can hit enter 30 times or so in the first column in order to start the text at the top of the second column, but I was hoping there was a smarter way, ...

You can get to the top of a new column very simply and neatly by going to Insert | Manual Break... | Type | Column break. But that still doesn't really serve your purpose, since although you talk of a single page, your text might eventually want to expand to multiple pages. In that case, text from the left column would flow into the right column on the first page, not the left column on the second; text from the right column on the first page to the left column, not the right column, of the second. These are called "newspaper columns".

Simple in concept... not so simple to make happen in Writer.

Actually, it is very simple. Go to Table | Insert > | Table... and create a table with two columns and (probably) one row. You will find that the table cells expand as necessary to accommodate your text - even to additional pages - and that the two columns will remain independent.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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