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In Lyx, one has the option of making 'Two-column' document by selecting the corresponding option in the 'Text Layout' section of the document settings. Is there any way of disabling this for a few pages? So if I have a document that's two column, is there a way to make the third page and only the third page single column only?

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You can use the commands \onecolumn and \twocolumn to switch between modes. Both commands will cause a new page to start before the change in mode.

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1-5]
\onecolumn
\lipsum[1-6]
\twocolumn
\lipsum[1-5]
\end{document}

Depending on the reasons you have for wanting the single column, there may be better means of achieving what you want. For example, there are ways to make tables, figures and equations span two columns within a two column document.

To make a floating figure or table span two columns, you can use the {figure*} and {table*} environments. If you do so, it is best to load the dblfloatfix package to improve placement options.

Alternatively, the multicol package allows you to put selected parts of text in a one column document into multiple columns.

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I believe the LaTeX package singlepage may have the answer. That allows you to change formatting for just one page.

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CTAN does not list a singlepage page. –  lockstep Sep 10 '11 at 14:42
    
@lockstep My apologies. It's been a while since I used LaTeX. I was thinking of the fancyhdr package -- it has the option to do different layouts for different pages. If you still can't find the answer in the fancyhdr docs let me know and I'll look harder. –  isomorphismes Sep 10 '11 at 18:46
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Use Ctrl-L for invoking the TeX mode and then insert \onecolumn. Going back to the two column layout is the same with inserting \twocolumn

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