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I am using a two-column template to write an article in LaTeX. I would like to insert in the text tables which have one column only. Is there a way in which I can switch from a two-column to a one column environment and back?

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    \begin{table*} Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 15:37
  • or \begin{table} if it should not take up two columns (\textwidth) and stay in a single column.
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 15:44
  • @DavidCarlisle -- but please note that such a full-width table can appear only at the top of a two-column page. switching back and forth from two-to-one-to-two columns on the same page is possible with the multicol package, but not with the [twocolumn] option. Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 17:37

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The following document shows a full with table (with table*) and a table within a single column (with table) at the top of a two column page:

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\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage{fixltx2e}
\begin{document}
\begin{table*}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|cc|}
\hline
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa& b\\
a&bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\caption{xxxx}
\end{table*}
\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|cc|}
\hline
aaaaaaaaaaaa& b\\
a&bbbbbb\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\caption{xxxx}
\end{table}

\def\a{abc }
\def\b{\a\a\a\a\a\a\a\a}
\def\c{\b\b\b\b\b\b\b\b\b}
\def\d{\c\c\c\c\c\c\c\c\c}
\d\d

\d\d\d

\end{document}

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