Columns In Gutenberg


Let’s try some columns to see what we can see:

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Manoeuvring blocks between columns

It seems that the way to add text within a column is to write and then when one gets to the point at which one wants to change to the adjoining column, one starts typing in the adjoining column –

like this and then simply continues typing. The question is what happens if the amount of text one types in the adjoining column outstrips the amount of text in the first column? Can one move these little blocks of text within the columns around?

We are about to find out because now I am typing in the right-hand column, and I want the text in the paragraph above to shift to the left-hand column.

And yes, with a bit of faffing about I was able to move the text to the left hand column and continue typing here.

So having done it once, I now want to do it again with the text block that begins with the words ‘We are about to..’

So – I will find out whether I am getting the hang of it or whether the exact mechanism remains a mystery.

And the answer again is that I am now an experienced and somewhat accomplished mover of column blocks.

Now I wonder how I would go about choosing the number of columns or even changing the number of colums, assuming that two columns is not the only option?

It is a very delicate operation, knowing where to put one’s cursor so as to see the number of columns and

to see the option to change the number of columns. I have just changed the number

of columns to three, and it works OK, but I need to practise to become proficient.