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table too wide for twocolumn-mode document

I'm writing a two-column style conference paper, and I am having a table that's too wide to fit into a single column. I saw there are some related discussions on the forum, but I don't want to use \scalebox or \resizebox since I just have that much data to show (some high precision digits have to be shown in one table). I don't want to rotate it 90 degrees either.

Is it possible to just put it into its own page? Just like figures do. I know I can add a pair of \begin{figure} and \end{figure} just for layout but it will mess up caption and ref.

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Welcome to TeX.SE. \begin{table}...\end{table}? –  Peter Grill Nov 15 '12 at 20:27
    
Thanks. That's what I am doing right now. It currently mess up with my two-column text. –  clwen Nov 15 '12 at 20:28
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Ok, I would recommend that you compose a fully compilable MWE including \documentclass and the appropriate packages that sets up the problem. While solving problems is fun, setting them up is not. Then those trying to help can simply cut and paste your MWE and get started on solving problem. –  Peter Grill Nov 15 '12 at 20:30
    
Is your table too wide for just a single column, or even if it spans both columns? –  Mico Nov 15 '12 at 20:43
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If you use the table* environment (so that it spans over two columns without overlapping with text), is the output acceptable? If still needed, you can then put the figure on its own page by adding the optional [p] at the beginning of the environment. –  T. Verron Nov 15 '12 at 21:14
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As mentioned in comments, table* seems to be what you are after

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\lipsum
\begin{table*}%[pb]
  \centering
  This would be a table in a real paper!
\caption{A big table}
\end{table*}
\lipsum
\end{document}

Using the optional argument (which I've commented out) will all the table to go an a page of it's own, should that be what you want.

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I've changed the center to \centering; I kindly suggest reading l2tabu-en, section 3.1 –  Martin Schröder Nov 19 '12 at 14:25
    
@MartinSchröder There should be no problem with center here: it's a demo, so that along with the text should be deleted in a real case. I would not use either here in a real table: centring float content should be done in the preamble. –  Joseph Wright Nov 19 '12 at 14:57
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