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I'm pretty new to LaTeX and am using it to write an exam. I'm using the geometry package to create two columns. I'd like one column to be 5" and the second column to be 1" with 0.5" separating the columns and 1" for the left and right margins. How do I go about doing this?

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@Leo: I don't think this is a duplicate of the linked question. The OP doesn't want to change \hsize in the middle of a paragraph here. – Martin Scharrer May 19 '11 at 8:18
@Martin: Maybe. Generally speaking, it is needed. For some simple applications, \marginpar, or minipage, or fancyhdr with some drawing tricks can solve the problem. It depends. – Leo Liu May 19 '11 at 9:52

Maybe you don't want the real two-column document of different width, in which a free text stream can be used.

If you may break the columns manually, flowfram package is powerful enough.

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