# Rotating a Table and the caption

I used sidewaystable, as the table is very big. Latex is always turning the table in some way and I want it to be turn for 180 degree ( makes it easier to read, as it continues on the next page).

I tried this:

\begin{center}
\begin{sidewaystable} [h]
\begin{turn} {180}
\captionof{table}{Overview of the handled studies.}
\begin{tabular}
...
\end{tabular}
\end{turn}{180}
\end{sidewaystable}
\label{tab:methods_overview}
\end{center}


but I got this error: ! You can't use \hrule' here except with leaders.

If I use caption somewhere else, it turns the table, but not the caption.

Omit both the center and the turn environments, and place a \centering instruction before \begin{tabular}{...}.

If the tabular material should be rotated so that the bottom of the table ends up on the left, be sure to load the rotating package with the option counterclockwise.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{rotating}

\begin{document}
\begin{sidewaystable}
\caption{Overview of the handled studies.}
\label{tab:methods_overview}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{cccc}
\hline
a & b & c & d \\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{sidewaystable}
\end{document}

• Now the head is looking to the left, but it should look to the right and thank you already. – theresa_st Sep 23 '15 at 21:48
• @theresa_st - if you don't like the default orientation, be sure to specify the option counterclockwise. – Mico Sep 23 '15 at 21:50
• @theresa - If you don't want to rotate a given table, don't use a sidewaystable environment to encase it; use table` instead. – Mico Sep 24 '15 at 8:28
• Ok I'll try to use table instead, but then the tabel still needs to be turned ( just the degree are changing) and the question is, how to do it, so that the caption is turned as well and no errors occur. Thanks in advance. – theresa_st Sep 24 '15 at 22:24
• @theresa_st - I infer from your latest comment that you use a document class that provides a two-sided page layout (different layouts for even- and odd-numbered pages). If this inference is correct, it would have been useful to provide this piece of information from the start. For sure, my divination skills are simply dreadful. – Mico Sep 25 '15 at 9:50