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I am writing a document using the report class in two column mode, but I need a \section to spread across both columns, but how can I set that?

Something like


% This section should spread over both columns

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There is a switch: \onecolumn:

\documentclass[10pt,a4paper,twoside,twocolumn, english]{report}
\usepackage{lipsum, babel}

% This section should spread over both columns


But the section has to start on a new page. Go back to twocolumn with? Yes, \twocolumn.

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Can I do it without starting a new page? – The87Boy Dec 28 '12 at 18:26
Only if you use the multicol package. You know how to get the manual? Type texdoc multicol on the commandline. Beware: the name of the environment is »multicols«. – Keks Dose Dec 28 '12 at 18:29
So if I write the Whole page in multicol, I can change it on one section of a page? Or it is also going to display 2 pages? – The87Boy Dec 28 '12 at 18:57
Just used this solution for a paper I'm writing. Very helpful for putting full-page tables in the middle of documents. Thanks! – Ari B. Friedman Oct 28 '13 at 14:54

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