I have a two-column table which contains foreign words in one column and its translation in the other column. This list/table is very long (740 rows, which will vary) and currently is in an excel file. For example:

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I want to create a printable version of this. If I move this to a Word file and print it the way it is, I'll be wasting the space on the right. So, instead of a two-column table, I want to use a four-column table. But this isn't easy to prepare. What I really want is something like this:

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Basically, it should follow this ordering:

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How can I achieve this using Excel or Word? I can also use another software as long as it gets the job done.

I've already created the desired table in Word manually, but this takes very long and is painful. I'll be creating new lists and I don't really want to convert each list manually. I need a way to automate this process.


In Microsoft Word, you could layout your document in two columns, basically achieve the same results, see example below. The easiest way to achieve this is to select (Ctrl+A) the whole table/document, then select the 2 column option under the Column-icon in the Layout ribbon menu.


If you set the column gap to zero it will look the same as your example (with no gap between the cells).

However, this solution will not treat the table as a four column table, if you specifically wanted to achieve that.

  • Columns were used just for layout purposes. Tried this method and this two column layout seems better. So I'll take it :) – akinuri Aug 15 '17 at 20:54

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