# onecolumn titlepage, twocolumn rest of document

I recently switched from using multicols to twocolumn in the documentclass since multicols tends to mess with my graphics. However, this also means that my title page is now also two colums, which I'd like to change.

Keep in mind that I'd still like to keep my abstract on the same page as the title. I use \noindent\makebox[\linewidth]{\rule{\paperwidth}{0.4pt}} to create a horizontal line after my titel. Everything after that should be two column.

• Would the abstract also be one-column? Dec 10 '15 at 10:18
• No, everything beyond the horizontal line that ends the titelpage (titel, author etc) should be twocolum, starting with the abstract. Dec 10 '15 at 10:35
• So, if I understand well, on the title page, only the title itself should be in one column? Dec 10 '15 at 10:37
• Also, which document class do you use? Dec 10 '15 at 10:42
• yes, just the title, but no new page before switching to twocolumns. I use an article Dec 10 '15 at 11:23

Would this be what you want? It uses the strip environment, from cuted:

\documentclass[twocolumn, twoside]{article}%
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{geometry}
\usepackage{cuted}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\title{A nice title}
\author{Ye author}
\date{\today}
\setlength\columnsep{3em}

\begin{document}

\begin{strip}
\vspace*{\dimexpr-\baselineskip-\stripsep\relax}
\centering
\maketitle
\vskip\baselineskip
\noindent\makebox[\textwidth]{\rule{1.1\paperwidth}{0.4pt}}
\vskip\baselineskip
\end{strip}

\begin{abstract}
This is a test for an abstract in two column mode. This is a test for an abstract in two column mode. This is a test for an abstract in two column mode. This is a test for an abstract in two column mode. This is a test for an abstract in two column mode.
\end{abstract}
\section{A nice section}
\lipsum[1-2]
\section{A nicer section}
\lipsum[3-5]

\end{document}


• Thanks, looks good. Got some other issues now that arose but I'll make another thread tonight when I got time to deal with it. Dec 10 '15 at 12:39
• As a follow up question: If i wanted to add some more Information to the title, say below the date, for example my university, where exactly should i put the text? Dec 10 '15 at 13:11
• You should use the titlingpage environment (from the titling package) inside strip. The titling package defines 4 hooks and you can use the fourth hook (\titlehookd) to add code after the date. Cf. § 2.1 of the documentation. Dec 10 '15 at 19:18

There are two possibilities:

1. twocolumn

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article} \usepackage[english]{babel} \usepackage{lipsum}% for dummy text

\begin{document}
\title{}
\author{}
\twocolumn[
\begin{@twocolumnfalse}
\maketitle
\begin{abstract}
\lipsum
\end{abstract}
\end{@twocolumnfalse}
]
\lipsum
\end{document}


Here, your title and your abstract will be onecolumn format and everything after is twocolumn layout. If you want the abstract also in twocolumn format, you have to set it after the \end{@twocolumnfalse}.

1. multicol

Just type it like this:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{lipsum}% for dummy text

\begin{document}
\begin{abstract}
\lipsum[1]
\end{abstract}
\begin{multicols}{2}
\lipsum[2]
\end{multicols}
\end{document}
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