I have a LaTeX file with a very wide table with many many columns. When I compile this and convert to pdf, the right part of the table is cut off because it is too big to fit on a page.

Is there a way to either

  1. extend the size of the page to avoid cutoff
  2. reduce the size of the table text such that the entire table can fit on a page
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    – Werner
    May 9, 2013 at 20:03
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    1) Assuming you're working in portrait orientation, you can gain some space by rotating your table by 90 degrees, for instance using the sidewaystable environment from the rotating package. 2) If the paper size isn't fixed, you can increase it (using the geometry package) until your table fits. 3) If the paper size is fixed, you have to ask yourself: "is that the best way I can present information to my readers?" Perhaps it would be wise to break that big table into several smaller ones.
    – jub0bs
    May 9, 2013 at 20:12

1 Answer 1


In response to part 2 of the user's question:

\parindent 0in\parskip 1ex
First, let's create an oversized table:\par
First column & Second column & Third Column \\
Now I will scale the table to 79 percent of original\par

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