I'm writing a technical report as part of my studies, but, I'm learning how to use LaTeX. I have a skeleton structure based approach that requires makefiles.

I cannot seem to figure out how I would have a single column, instead of a two-column page I normally work in (when writing papers) - This is just a technical report so needs one column (Just like I would find in office packages).

I have tried using the following:

\LoadClass[a4paper,landscape, onecolumn, 10pt]{article}

What am I doing wrong? P.S. I'm very new to LaTeX.

  • Simply \documentclass{article} will give you a one-column layout. Please add a minimal working example of your document.
    – Joseph Wright
    Mar 7, 2014 at 9:58
  • @JosephWright SO shall I remove \LoadClass instead?
    – Phorce
    Mar 7, 2014 at 10:54
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    @user1326876: \LoadClass is for writing “new” classes that build on existing ones; it's not intended for the ’user’ — the user is expected to use \documentclass, as joseph says Mar 7, 2014 at 11:20
  • Did replacing \LoadClass solve your issue?
    – TeXnician
    Jun 5, 2017 at 15:37

2 Answers 2


Just use


at the beginning of your .tex file. The command \LoadClass is used when writing .cls files, which is not your case.


For those using packages which default to two columns (such as apa7), add the doc argument to the documentclass command.

For example: \documentclass[11pt, a4paper, doc]{apa7}

This will create a document with a single column.

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