I have looked and there are answers for LaTeX documents, but not a way to implement it in LyX. If I have a table and it just does not fit, is there a way to get a text size smaller than \tiny in LyX? I am inserting my table using insert -> float -> table, and it looks great just a LITTLE too small.

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    Using a smaller font might produce a very difficult to read table. Mar 19, 2013 at 2:57
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    A LyX minimal example is always useful in questions like these: wiki.lyx.org/FAQ/MinimalExample
    – scottkosty
    Mar 19, 2013 at 3:09
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    Using the graphicx package you can scale a box/table to the size you want.
    – A.Ellett
    Mar 19, 2013 at 3:13
  • @GonzaloMedina The table neatly fits and is VERY readable so a step down shouldn't hurt. Any ideas in LyX using insert -> table and then pasting in ERT for the table
    – Chris J
    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:27
  • @CJ12 Please consider doing your readers a favour and make sure the table fits without scaling. Can you redesign the table? Can you post an example of what you've got?
    – user10274
    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:48

2 Answers 2


If you really want to make sure your table becomes unreadable, you can use the \fontsize command to set the font size to whatever you like:



hat & einer & gemacht zu & werden um von & Buch Wollen & unter & auch so weiter \\ \hline


maximum tinyness

  • not unreadable at all, exactly what I needed
    – Chris J
    Mar 19, 2013 at 15:14

You can use the graphicx package to resize a box:


This & that & another & more & something else & and yet more & another column & more columns & more and more columns & and still much much more\\\hline

The syntax is:

\resizebox{<horizontal width>}{<vertical height>}{<box>}

The ! tells the \resizebox to scale the vertical proportional to the horizontal rescaling.

  • How would this work in LyX? I am using insert -> table and then pasting in ERT for the table
    – Chris J
    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:26
  • As I understand it, you can add LaTeX code directly to you LyX document.
    – A.Ellett
    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:29

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