How To Create Columns In Notion

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Have you ever wanted your work in Notion to be easily accessible, without needing to scroll so much? Luckily, Notion has got your back with its intuitive column feature.

Columns allow you to group related information together, making it easier to find what you need quickly. Not only do columns make your workspace more organized, but they also help break up long pages of text into easily digestible chunks.

Here are 2 methods to create columns in Notion. Both methods have their pros and cons, so it’s useful if you can use both.

1. Click and Drag Method

To easily divide your page into sections, just use the click and drag method.

Hover over a block that you want to move.

When the 6-dot symbol appears, use it to click and drag your selection.

6 dots appear in notion, to move a block

You can see where the block is going to be moved to by the blue line. When you move it way over to the right of an existing block, the blue line will turn from a horizontal to vertical line – this is an indication that a new column will be made.

dragging a block in Notion, until a blue vertical line appears

You can then adjust the width of each column. Click and drag the vertical gray line that appears when you hover over the space between the columns.

using grey line to adjust width of columns in notion

This is the method that I use most frequently because it is quick and easy. But it doesn’t work for all blocks and layouts, e.g. nested columns. For these cases, you can use the next method using the column command.

2. Column command

By using the ‘Column’ command, you can easily divide your page into sections and make it more visually appealing. To use this feature, simply begin with a new empty block and type ‘/’. A pop-up menu will appear where you can select ‘Columns’. Alternatively, you can start typing ‘columns’ and the option will appear.

creating a column block in notion

Once selected, choose the number of columns you want to create. After selecting the number of columns, all that’s left is to drag and drop blocks into their respective column layouts. You’ll notice a vertical gray divider bar when hovering over each column which allows for easy resizing as well.

While it may take a little bit longer than the click and drag method for creating columns in Notion, using the Column command offers more control over how your page looks and feels. Give it a try and see how it enhances your productivity!

Organizing Your Information with Columns

Columns are one of the most useful tools in Notion pages. They can be used to keep track of data and categorize them according to specific parameters. They allow you to segregate information into clear sections that are easy to access and understand.

I find them particularly useful when creating ‘dashboard’ pages. These are pages that contain the main information needed for a project together with links to get more detailed data.

Creating columns allows you to create dashboards which display critical information without the need for scrolling (or at least minimizing scrolling).

If you are producing multi column layouts, you may want to make use of the ‘Full width’ feature as this gives you more screen space to play with. This feature is accessed by clicking on the 3 dots in the top right of any screen and turning on the ‘Full width’ toggle.

If you are using your Notion page on multiple devices, remember to do a cross-device check for usability. It’s easy to create a beautiful looking 5-column layout on desktop, which is difficult to use on a mobile device.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations, you’ve mastered the art of creating columns in Notion! By using these 2 methods you can streamline your workflow and keep all your information organized and easily accessible.

Columns represent more than just a way to organize data; they can help make your Notion workspace a more beautiful and user-friendly place to be in. If you enjoy working in a space, you’re much more likely to use it to stay on top of your projects.

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