How to Format Text into Columns in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Brief...

Take text that is in a text box and convert it into columns by following these three steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Select the text box.

  2. Select the Home tab and from the Paragraph group, select Add or Remove Columns.
    Select Add or Remove Columns.

  3. From the drop-down list, select One Column, Two Columns, Three Columns, or More Columns.
    Drop-down List

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Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.