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Microsoft KB Archive/173222

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Article ID: 173222

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173222


When you format a section in a document for multiple columns with the Line between check box selected (on the Format menu, click Columns) and then you do the following:

  • Insert a next page section break


  • Format the following section in landscape orientation,

the line between the columns in the previous section does not appear on the screen or print on the last page of the multiple column section.


This problem is related to the landscape orientation of the section following the section that is formatted for multiple columns with the Line between check box selected.


You can work around the problem by using one of the following methods.

Method 1: Insert an Additional Break

Insert an additional continuous section break before the next page section break (the one that starts the landscape section). To do this, click Break on the Insert menu, and select Continuous.

Method 2: Draw a Line Using the Drawing Tools

You can turn on the Drawing toolbar and use the Line tool to draw a vertical black line between the columns. After you draw the vertical line, you can adjust the formatting for the line by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the vertical line and click Format AutoShape.
  2. Click the Colors and Lines tab.
  3. Adjust the Style and Weight boxes to achieve the result you want.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


For more information about using columns, click the Office Assistant, type "line between columns," click Search, and then click "add vertical lines between newspaper columns."

For more information about working with section breaks, click the Office Assistant, type "section breaks," click Search, and then click one of the topics.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

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