I want to use the longtable environment for a table. However, I do not know how to place it at the top of the next page, as I can do with the table environment. Do you know how to do it?

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    – Werner
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 14:09

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You could use the afterpage package and its command \afterpage to defer typesetting of the longtable environment to the top of the next page.

\documentclass{article} % or whatever document class you use
... % rest of preamble
\usepackage{afterpage}  % load the afterpage package
\usepackage{longtable}  % load the longtable package
... % stuff
   % Contents of "longtable" environment:
}% end of scope of afterpage directive 
... % remainder of document
  • afterpage always renders the table in the next page. table environment behave a little bit different as it a a float environemt. As the major difference between a longtable and a table is the spacing. Therefore, I found another solution to make a table look like a longtable: add the command \renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.5} inside the table environment. Commented May 23, 2013 at 21:42
  • @AnCongTran - Thanks for providing this clarification. I had gone by the question in the original posting, viz., how to place [a longtable environment] at the top of the page. I see now that you want to make a table (and its tabular environment, right?) look like a longtable.
    – Mico
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 0:16
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    I have the opposite problem: my longtable starts at the top of the next page, but I want to start it straight away. What is the opposite of \afterpage?
    – Chris Peh
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 6:16
  • @ChrisPeh - How close are you to the bottom of the page when the longtable environment starts? How large is the longtable's header, i.e., how many rows does it have?
    – Mico
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 8:02
  • @Mico: Thanks for your clarifying questions. No header, but a list of options - therefore table format. I tried it at top of page (where it leaves a page blank, but takes the /subsection with it), then 3 lines of text down: Where it jumps to the next page after the /subsection, leaving 5/6 of the page blank. (I since found out that it does that when the first row is more than a quarter of the page (would still fit), because when I delete the first option, it doesn't do it...
    – Chris Peh
    Commented Jun 7, 2020 at 6:00

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