# Multicols{3} problem - how to reduce space between columns?

I want to reduce the space between columns in multicols I use \setlength{\columnsep}{<space>} but it reduces the space between the 2nd column and the 3rd column only How to make it reduce the space after the 1st column too in case of using multicols{3}

• You have to pass some value: 0pt for example. – Sigur May 5 '15 at 10:52
• Yes I do for sure! – user77565 May 5 '15 at 10:54
• Ow, now the edited code shows the space. – Sigur May 5 '15 at 10:55
• Maybe you are willing to provide a MWE... – Peter Ebelsberger May 5 '15 at 10:55
• since you are getting a different result than the answers provided, it seems likely that you are using this in a different way, so your context is necessary to determine why that is happening. – barbara beeton May 5 '15 at 12:21

The following example removes the inter column space by setting \columnsep, which affects all inter column spaces:

\documentclass[a5paper,landscape]{article}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{microtype}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\setlength{\columnsep}{0pt}
\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{3}
\lipsum[1]
\end{multicols}
\end{document}


BTW, have fun reading it. ☺

Or with rules:

\setlength{\columnrulewidth}{1pt}


Also negative values are possible, e.g.:

\setlength{\columnsep}{-10pt}


• Okay what if I want to reduce the space not by using -10pt instead of 0pt? It doesn't reduce equally! – user77565 May 5 '15 at 11:05
• @user77565 The \columnsep is used for both inter column spaces. The value can even be negative. (Why would someone want to have a negative value here?) – Heiko Oberdiek May 5 '15 at 11:10
• @HeikoOberdiek To annoy the readers? – Alenanno May 5 '15 at 11:17