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New formatting options in Word for the web

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Hi, Microsoft 365 Insiders! My name is Archana Nair and I’m a Product Manager on the Word team. I’m excited to share 3 new features for Word for the web—support for headers/footers, multi-column layouts, and line numbers!

New formatting options in Word for the web

With just a few clicks, you can now easily:

  • Add headers and footers to your document—this supports consistency and organizational goals and adds a more professional look to your documents.
  • Change the layout from single- to multi-column—this helps you increase the readability of your content, optimize the space, offer design flexibility, and much more.
  • Display line numbers—this is particularly useful when you need to refer to specific lines in a document, such as a script or a legal contract.

How it works

1. Open a new or existing Word document.

2. To add headers and footers, select Insert > Header & Footer, and then choose to either keep the same header/footer across all pages or have different ones on different pages.

Adding headers and footers in Word for the web.


3. To add columns, select Layout > Columns.

Creating columns in Word on the web.


4. Select one of the preset options (One, Two, or Three), or select More Columns to further customize your layout.

5. To add line numbers, select Layout > Line Numbers > Continuous.

Adding line numbers in Word for the web.



All of these features are now available to all Word for the web users.


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