I'm a novice in LaTeX, started just few days ago, but I have to complete report in a few days and I'm asking for help. This is code for a table:

\caption{Measurements made by local people}
\begin{tabular}{l@{\hspace{10pt}} *{11}{c}}
\multirow{2}{*}{Regions} & \multirow{2}{*}{Total}& \multicolumn{3}{|c|}{Types of forest canopy} & \multicolumn{2}{|c|}{Location of forest} & \multirow{2}{*}{Open type in Community Forest} & \multirow{2}{*}{Open type in private forest} & \multirow{2}{*}{Close type in Community forest} & \multirow{2}{*}{Close type in private fores}\\
& &Open&Close&None&Community forest&Private forest& & & & \\
Chitwan& 183 & 28 & 153 & 2 & 179 & 4 & 27 &  1 &  151 & 2\\
Gorkha& 191 & 33 & 157 & 1 & 185 & 6 & 33 &  0 &  151 & 6\\
Total&374&61&310&3&364&10& \multicolumn{2}{c}{61} &  \multicolumn{2}{c}{310} \\

But the table does not fit the page and I don't know what to do. I need this table on one page fitted by width like here:

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    welcome to tex.sx, but please always provide a complete document including \documentclass and ending \end{document} It's hard to suggest ways of making something fit if we don't know the size of the thing it's fitting in to:-) probably \multcolumn{1}{p{2cm}}{Community forest} to allow line breaking in the heading is what you are looking for Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 14:17

1 Answer 1


I see several possibilities

  • Restructure your table. You could change column to rows (transpose), or you could combine some columns.
  • Define columns with fixed width by using p{<width>}; this will force linebreaking. You can also use manual line breaks in the table header.
  • Or reduce the font size in your tabular, by using


    Available font sizes are \tiny, \scriptsize, \footnotesize, \small, \normalsize, \large, \Large, \LARGE, \huge, \Huge

  • Or you scale the whole table to the size needed.

    \scalebox{0.7}{ \begin{tabular}... \end{tabular} }

    or with the \resizebox command

  • use a landscape page for your table, by using sidewaystable from the package rotating.

Hope that helps.

  • +1 for transpose -- if this is actually the whole table (which it may well be as it adds up) -- if this is 2 rows from a bigger table for clarity that's a different matter, and landscape might be a better option.
    – Chris H
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 14:45
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! A tip: You can use backticks ` to mark your inline code as I did in my edit.
    – jub0bs
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 14:56
  • Resizing a table is considered bad practise.
    – Skillmon
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 20:19

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