Word Tip: How to copy only one column in multi-column layouts

By at 31 December, 2010, 7:00 am

One of my frustrations in Word has been how to copy just the text in a specific column in a multi-column layout in Word. I am frustrated no longer: I came across the Legal Office Guru blog and a great tip on Copying vertical columns of text in Word. Keep reading to find out how easy this is and if you’re like me, you’ll probably be slapping yourself on your forehead as this task is much too easy for having not known about it.

I often have times where I want to only copy information from one column of a multi-column block of text in Word. Legal Office Guru has a short and simple video tutorial on how pressing and holding the Alt key before copying allows you to copy only the text from the column you want. Simple, quick and easy – this is my kind of tip and it is one that will save me time and angst in the future.

Categories : Hmmm! | Non-Legal Software | Software | Tips and Tricks


Hey, thanks for the shout-out!!  I'm going to be adding lots more video tutorials soon (I'm upgrading the necessary equipment), so keep your eyes peeled for more like this!

Kristina October 19, 2015

That was really easy! I have spent so much time to find out how to do that! And here it is is! The answer! Thank you!

Frank Behrendt August 21, 2017

I have word 2010. sometimes i copy a column out of a magazine and i want to paste it in a document. When i paste it into my document, it looks like a column. But there are no column markings. I want to copy the column out of the magazine and paste it into my document with the word streached out across the entire page. How do I do that?

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