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I'm aware that my table is too wide as it keeps going off the page on the right.

Is there a way to fix this?

I'm using lyx as I am a learner.

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... your tabular ...

In LyX insert the two lines in ERT (Evil Red Text) mode (Ctrl-L) just before and after your tabular. In the documents preamble add \usepackage{graphicx} if not already present.

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it works! but I'm getting a compilation error on lyx. Any idea on how to solve it? (again, it is able to compile the pdf) – Rho Jul 6 '14 at 17:45
what error message? Did yoo loaded graphicx? – Herbert Jul 6 '14 at 19:28
If you are getting an error. Try switching out of longtable mode by right clicking the table-->More-->Settings-->and unchecking longtable – StatsStudent Mar 10 at 4:08

You can fix the width of the table to fit the width of your general text.

To fix the width of the table in LyX 2.0, right-click in a cell in the column, move to More... and choose Settings.... In the Table Settings tab, you can set the value near the bottom, under Table-wide settings.

This, however, will set the width of your table, but not the content of the table. If, e.g., you have a cell with a lot of text that extends beyond the margin, then also pick a width for that (those) column(s) under Column settings in the same tab. This will also allow line breaks in the text.

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