I was filling some tables for my progress report and noticed something were odd. The following text/tables are indented. MWE:

\documentclass[12pt, oneside]{book}
\usepackage[paper = a4paper, margin = 1in, headheight = 12pt, includehead, showframe]{geometry}

 \section*{Section 1}
  \subsection*{Subsection 1}
   \begin{tabular}{ l l p{0.5cm} l l }
    TextText: & TextText & & TextText & TextText\\
    TextText & TextText & & TextText & TextText
   {\scriptsize{\bfseries{Little note!}}}
   \begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{| X |}
    \\ \\ \\

Is that really the normal behaviour and is there any other way as \begin{flushleft} ... \end{flushleft} to remove the indentation a get the right alignment?

2 Answers 2


You can turn off indentation globally by adding \setlength{\parindent}{0pt} or if you only want to turn it of for the table add a \noindent before\begin{..}. Compare also this post: How to disable automatic indentation on new paragraphs?

  • Yeah I just remembered that I already used \parindent0em in one of my previous documents. -.-
    – Chris.V
    Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 9:12
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    \parindent0em has a bad effect on your document layout; at the least you need to set a non-zero \parskip, but that has its difficulties too. personally, i would use \noindent before each thing whose indentation you need to suppress. Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 10:30

The second table is in a new paragraph, so it gets indented. Putting \noindent before \begin{tabularx} well prevent its indentation.

  • Ahh, thanks a lot. Sometimes I'm really daft. -.- I don't know, how I could miss that.
    – Chris.V
    Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 8:57

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