Column Balance

Windows 7, LibreOffice V., English, Writer

Why is there no choice to balance or not balance a column? You have Balance as default when creating more than one column.

What columns do you refer to? Table, section, frame, page? What do you mean by “balance a column”? Do you mean distributing the content or do you mean equal column width?

That feature is provided by sections. Insert > Section > tab Columns > Checkbox “Evenly distribute contents to all columns”.

Thanks for this. I never would have found it. However, it does not work if the file is saved as rtf. It does work if the file is saved a odt. I want an rft file so guess I do have to work around it. Thanks again.


I mean writing a text document, which, by default. is considered one column by the program. A page can be divided into two or more columns, like in a newspaper, for instance. When you balance the columns, each column will have the same number of lines in each column across the page. A page with columns that are not balanced will have each column filled, starting from the one nearest the left side of the page, before entering text in the top of the next column. Any word processor I have ever used allowed the user a choice - balanced or not balanced. I don’t want a work around to this problem. I would like LIbreOffice to give us a choice of how we want the columns to fill.