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I have a two-column LyX document. I want to add a table that will be as wide as the entire page, so that it will not have to be squeezed into a single column. I found some suggestions: table too wide for twocolumn-mode document Page-wide table in two-column mode , however, I have no idea how to implement them in LyX...

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    You can use the table* environment that uses the full width, and will float its contents at the top of a following page. – egreg Mar 4 '13 at 12:48
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LyX knows already about that problem. Open the float settings (e.g. by right click on "float: Table" and choose "Settings...") and select "Span columns". The float will be called "float: Table*" now (note the star).

This works also for other floats (e.g. Figure).

  • I wonder how this can be assigned by default to a custom float definition for a custom LyX layout file. – Nikos Alexandris Oct 25 '15 at 0:37
  • This solution always pushes the table to the absolute bottom of the page or absolute top of the page (at least with RevTeX 4). When clicking "span columns" I can no longer click on "here definitely", for example. How can I force the page-wide table to appear somewhere in the middle instead of the bottom or top? – user1271772 Oct 30 '16 at 22:29

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