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I want to write a landscape two column document. Does anyone know if there's a possibility to use the \maketitle command such that the title is only in the left column and does not span the whole page?

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When using the geometry package to set your landscape and twocolumn mode, \maketitle behaves as expected:

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[landscape,twocolumn]{geometry}% http://ctan.org/pkg/geometry
\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum
\author{An author}
\title{A title}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
\lipsum
\end{document}
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Yes, because the twocolum option doesn't set if@twocolumn to true. However, geometry also changes the page parameters, that might need to be reset anyway. –  egreg Mar 7 '13 at 22:16
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This is the default of the article class. We can do a couple of patches to the \maketitle command (responsible for the title spanning the two columns) and to \@maketitle. The second set of patches is meant not to have the title vertically shifted down and start instead level with the second column.

\documentclass[twocolumn,landscape]{article}
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\makeatletter
% Remove the brackets so LaTeX sees \twocolumn\@maketitle
\patchcmd{\maketitle}
  {[\@maketitle]}
  {\@maketitle}
  {}{}
% Remove the vertical shift from the title
\patchcmd{\@maketitle}
  {\null\vskip2em\begin{center}}
  {\vspace*{0pt}\nointerlineskip\begingroup\centering}
  {}{}
% In the final part we must remove \end{center}
\patchcmd{\@maketitle}
  {\end{center}\par}
  {\par\endgroup}
  {}{}
\makeatother
\usepackage{kantlipsum}
\begin{document}
\title{Title}
\author{Author}
\maketitle
\section{Section}
\kant[1-4]
\end{document}

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