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I am making a two column document, but I have a large table that I want to make span the columns. How can I do this in Microsoft Word?

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I think you can just drag the table to where you want it once you've created it. Or more formally try setting the table's position relative to the margin or page, rather than to the column. You will need to play with the wrapping too (probably set it to Around).

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To insert a two column table paste the table at its desired location. MS Word will format the table in the column where you pasted it. So, if the table is too wide (the raison d'etre why spanning across two columns is desired), it will appear a bit distorted.

Then place the cursor before the table and insert a section break (continuous). Repeat this after placing the cursor after the table. Then select the contents of this section (i.e. just select the table). Don't fret if the section is not clearly demarcated from the rest of the document (if you prefer to see the section breaks, just press Ctrl+Shift8; the same combo to hide them). Then convert the section to a single column layout. Your table should now span across two columns.

If you are unable to complete any step(s) mentioned in the previous paragraph, refer to the following links:

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