As many of you know, I heart tables! And tables are a great alternative to columns; however, if you really insist that your documents needs columns, then you need to do your research! Make sure you read Everything You Need to Know About Columns to learn how to insert columns into your Microsoft Word documents. Also read How to Insert Breaks in Microsoft Word 201o and 20o7 to learn how to control those pesky columns!
Columns don't have to be an exercise in torture! You just have to know how to use them!