Two-Column text flow

I would like to create a body of text arranged in two columns so that text that is entered into the first column will, when first col. is full,  continue into the second, and when that is full, into a new page, etc. Would you please show me how to set up my page to make this happen.
At present I am having to manually move text around. Wondering if there is a way to have inDesign manage this for me automatically.

'S'teffin 'T'D' schrieb:
The first thing is to make Text frame option numbered 2 in the master page. And Just flow the content, it will be fine and easy.
Nope, the correct answer would depend on the version, what we don't know.
Your answer would be the best practice for InDesign CS4 and older.
With InDesign CS5 and later it is better to set up the master with a single column and set up object styles for the text frames with 2 or more columns. It is helpful to put normal ruler guides to the column edges.
Span column would not work in 2 single columns, only with a single text frame.

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