# Unwanted blank page prepended to large table

Problem-ku:

A page-long table
Gets a blank page prepended
I do not want this


The table is very large (69x20) but fits on one page.

Here's the code I'm using at the beginning and end of the mega-table.

Before:

\newgeometry{left=1cm,top=1.5cm}
\bibpunct{}{}{;}{n}{}{,}
\begin{table}[H]
\footnotesize
\begin{center}
\tabcolsep=0.11cm
\begin{tabular}{ |r||l|l|l||l|l|l|l||l|l|l|l||l|l||l|l|l||l|l|l|}
\hline


After:

     \hline
\end{tabular}\\
\caption{The caption\\$^{1}$\footnotesize{A footnote}}
\label{tab:BigFrameworkChart}
\end{center}
\end{table}
\bibpunct{[}{]}{,}{n}{}{,}
\restoregeometry


How the heck do I get rid of this extra page?

• As always, please provide a minimal example (or here). – jon May 28 '13 at 17:32
• using [H] makes it almost inevitable that you get large white spaces in the document. Just don't use [H] and LaTeX will float the table to avoid such gaps. – David Carlisle May 28 '13 at 17:35
• Did you mean to tag this tabularx? (The sample fragment uses tabular not tabularx) – David Carlisle May 28 '13 at 17:38
• Why are \bibpunct instructions in this code? And why do you need \footnotesize for the \footnote instruction if that's already the font size in effect for the page? – Mico May 28 '13 at 17:40
• @williamstome a minimal example shouldn't have the real data, you can replace each entry by x the less text that is there the easier it is to debug, it just needs to be a complete document taht shows the problem. – David Carlisle May 28 '13 at 21:18

## 1 Answer

You may be better off using the afterpage package and its command \afterpage, along the lines of the following code snippet. By the way, you may want to consider (i) getting rid of all interior single vertical lines in the table and (ii) replacing all double vertical lines with single vertical lines.

\afterpage{%   % be sure to load the "afterpage" package in the document's preamble
\newgeometry{left=1cm,top=1.5cm}
\begin{table}[p!] % don't use [H]
\footnotesize
\centering % don't use "center" environment
\setlength{\tabcolsep}{0.11cm}
\begin{tabular}{ |r|| *{3}{l|}| *{4}{l|}| *{4}{l|} |l|l|| *{3}{l|}| *{3}{l|}}
\hline
% [body of table]
\hline
\end{tabular}
\caption{The caption}
\label{tab:BigFrameworkChart}
\end{table}
\clearpage % flush the float
\restoregeometry} % end of \afterpage group