# Moving a Latex figure to the left [duplicate]

It seems like this question gets asked a lot but with everything I have come across I was not able to figure out how to solve me problem. I have 3 figures side by side in a tabular environment and I want to be able to shift all 3 figures to the left in order to fit them on the page (right now the figures go off the page to the right). I am using the article format so there is plenty of white space to the left of the figures that I would like to utilize. here is my latex code

\begin{figure}[htbp]
\centering
\begin{tabular}{ccc}
\includegraphics[scale=0.35]{MEAInitialProb1.pdf}&
\includegraphics[scale=0.35]{MEA10Prob1.pdf}&
\includegraphics[scale=0.35]{MEA20Prob1.pdf}
\end{tabular}
\caption{Caption}
\label{fig:Prob1:MEA}
\end{figure}


## marked as duplicate by Werner, Guido, cfr, ChrisS, MasroorJun 11 '14 at 23:08

• The set of figures inside the tabular is wider than \textwidth, I presume. As such, they get shifted to the right. Centering them when in such an instance is covered in Center figure that is wider than \textwidth. The solution is to place the entire tabular inside a \makebox[\textwidth]{...} construction. – Werner Jun 11 '14 at 22:20
• Instead of \centering try \hss, and add another \hss\par after \end{tabular}. However, it would be preferable to reduce the size of the figures, since what happens is that they don't fit in the margins. – JLDiaz Jun 11 '14 at 22:21
• @JLDiaz I get this error: ! Infinite glue shrinkage found in a paragraph. – user6291 Jun 11 '14 at 22:23
• @Werner your solution using \makebox[\textwidth]{...} worked! – user6291 Jun 11 '14 at 22:25
• @JLDiaz \hss is not legal in a paragraph, just in an \hbox. – egreg Jun 11 '14 at 22:25

the table environment isn't really doing anything other than add a bit of space, you could use

 \hspace*{-2cm}\begin{tabular}....


But I would just do

    \begin{figure}[htbp]
\hspace*{-2cm}
\includegraphics[scale=0.35]{MEAInitialProb1.pdf}%
\hspace{2mm}%
\includegraphics[scale=0.35]{MEA10Prob1.pdf}%
\hspace{2mm}%
\includegraphics[scale=0.35]{MEA20Prob1.pdf}

\caption{Caption}
\label{fig:Prob1:MEA}
\end{figure}


• I wouldn't do that... I'll use \makebox[\textwidth]{...}, as suggested in the linked duplicate. – Werner Jun 11 '14 at 22:32