Notion is a popular productivity and organization tool that allows users to create databases, notes, and wikis, all in one place. It's a versatile tool that can be used for personal or professional purposes, and it's easy to use for anyone who wants to increase their productivity.
In this blog post, I’ll explain how you can make columns in Notion and I’ll provide different use cases & examples.
How to Make Columns in Notion
Columns are a useful feature in Notion that allows you to organize your data in different sections. This is particularly helpful if you want to create beautiful shared or private Notion pages.
There are two ways to build columns in Notion:
1. Use the /2c shortcut
To create columns in a document, go to the block where the columns should appear and type /2c, then press enter. This will automatically create 2 columns. If you want 3 columns, type /3c, for 4 columns, type /4c, and so on. You can add up to 5 columns using this shortcut.
2. Drag & Drop Blocks
If you already have blocks (text, images, callouts, etc.), you can easily create columns by dragging and dropping them to the left or right of each element.
Here's an example:
By default, Notion will automatically splits the columns in two same-size sections. But you can play with the vertical divider to resize theses columns as you prefer.
Creating a vertical divider
If you want to visually separate two columns with a divider, there's a simple hack you can try. Here's an example of what it looks like on my homepage:
To create a vertical divider, follow these steps:
- Create at least 3 columns (/3c shortcut), including one extra column for the divider if necessary.
- Add your left elements to the first column and your right elements to the third column.
- In the middle column, add a quote block.
- Press "Enter" as many times as necessary to create the desired height for the divider, but do not write any text inside the quote block.
- Resize your columns so that the divider appears in the middle.
Use Cases for Using Columns in Notion
Columns in Notion can serve a variety of use cases and can make your pages look better. Here are a few examples of how you can use columns to improve your pages:
Create a navigation bar
You can use columns to create an in-app navigation bar. To be honest, I almost never use Notion’s native navigation bar because I find it hard to locate specific pages. Instead, I create my own navigation bar for each specific project.
Take a look at my Research Hub:
Using the Perspectives Method and Notion synced blocks, I have a navigation bar on the left that enables me to access any page from my workspace. This is super handy for quickly switching pages and accessing everything in just one click.
Writing a Blog Post
If you have a blog hosted on Notion (using Notion shared pages or tools such as Fruition or Super), you can greatly benefit from using columns. When writing a post, you can add text to the side of an image to provide more context and explanations.
You can check out Maya Volf's Notion resume for inspiration ✨
Columns in Callouts
Columns can be added almost anywhere, including in callouts.
In conclusion, columns are a great way to organize your data and make your Notion pages more visually appealing. Whether you're creating a navigation bar or adding context to an image, there are many ways you can use columns to improve your pages. And with the vertical divider hack, you can even separate your columns with a visible line. So go ahead and try out columns in Notion for yourself!
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