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I'm writing a scientific article (two-column style), and I need to show some results in a table with lots of columns, so I have to put a page-width table in the bottom of the page. How can I do?

  • may be use the multicols package, and do \begin{multicols}{2} ...and then end it when you want to insert the table using \end{multicols}. After the table is there, you can restart the multicols after that again if needed. – Nasser Jun 22 '13 at 9:47
  • it was that easy? awesome! if you put that as an answer, I'll check it. Thanks! – Andrea Jun 22 '13 at 9:54
  • Assuming you're using a document class provided by the journal or sponsoring organization, and assuming that this document class uses the twocolumn option, the only place on a page where LaTeX will place a full-width float (with a table* or figure* environment) is at the top. Would it be acceptable for your purposes to have the floats at the top of a page? – Mico Jun 22 '13 at 10:42
  • Indeed, it can be acceptable. Thanks for your suggestion. – Andrea Jun 23 '13 at 10:51
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Instead of using \documentclass[twocolumn]{article}, you can control when to start and end the 2 columns using multicol package as follows

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{multicol}
\setlength{\columnsep}{20pt}  %adjust as needed
\setlength{\columnseprule}{0.01pt} %adjust as needed
\renewcommand{\columnseprulecolor}{\color[rgb]{0.6,0.6,0.6}} %adjust as needed

\begin{document}

\begin{multicols}{2}
text
\end{multicols}

\begin{tabular}{....} %this will now use the full page
..........
\end{tabular}

\begin{multicols}{2}
text
\end{multicols}

\end{document}
  • This way the table doesn't float to the bottom unless you write your text to the exact right length, so despite the checkmark I don't think this really answer the initial question. – Frank Mittelbach Aug 21 '13 at 20:45

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