# How do I get a blank column?

I'm trying to create a program (i.e. the paper kind you hand out) in LaTeX.

I've got \documentclass[landscape, letterpaper] and I'm running into problems with the columns. I've tried multicol, minipage, and twocolumn, but I can't get it to do what I want.

+-----+-----+
|     |     |
|blank|stuff|
|     |     |
+-----+-----+


I want to have the left side blank, and stuff on the right hand side (text on top, image, and text on bottom) all centered on the right side.

When I used twocolumn, I couldn't get the LHS to be blank and put anything on the right side. Minipages seem to completely fail at what I want, simply centering everything on the page.

I haven't been able to find any template to do what I want, because searching for "LaTeX program template" provides me all sorts of results that do not what I need. Here's an example of what I mean:

\documentclass[twocolumn, landscape,letterpaper]{article}
\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}

\begin{document}
\pagestyle{empty}
\vfill
\clearpage
\newpage
\begin{center}
\textit{December 8, 2012}
\end{center}
\end{document}


Produces this:

I want that to appear on the right hand side.

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Will content have to flow over multiple pages? –  Werner Dec 8 '12 at 16:14
No, I'll have distinct content on each "page" –  Wayne Werner Dec 8 '12 at 16:32

The following probably does what you want:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fullpage}                           % Makes the page margins smaller to a predefined one.
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{multicol,lipsum}
% Added a few parameters to play around with
\columnseprule=0.4pt                            % Adds a rule for aesthetics.
\columnsep=2cm                                  % Increases the width that separates the column.
\renewcommand{\columnseprulecolor}{\color{red}} % Changes the default \normalcolor of the column separation rule.
\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{2}
\vspace*{\textheight}
\columnbreak
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{multicols}
\end{document}

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It appears that multicols doesn't work like that right out of the box with landscape mode. But using \vspace{0.5\textheight} worked! –  Wayne Werner Dec 8 '12 at 16:25
Ok glad it helped! :-) –  azetina Dec 8 '12 at 16:27

For distinct content on a per-page basis, you can also use a tabular environment. tabularx is also an option:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}% http://ctan.org/pkg/geometry
\usepackage{lipsum,tabularx}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{lipsum,tabularx}
\begin{document}
\noindent
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{XX}
& \lipsum[1-3]
\end{tabularx}
\end{document}


Two differences between an approach like this and using a regular twocolumn layout would include

1. A vertical rule between columns that might be used as a booklet/pamphlet divider would only stretch as far as the text is printed within the table since it's bound to the tabularx structure;
2. Content flow from on page to the next is prohibited.

flowfram would also be capable of managing a layout out like.

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Nice approach @werner. –  azetina Dec 8 '12 at 21:35