# Wide column text in two column latex document

I am new to latex and writing paper for a journal where the text is created in two column mode. For figures and tables, I can use the {figure*} and {table*} environment and this inserts the figures and tables in the wide mode spanning the width of the document.

How can one do the same for a paragraph of text without inserting a new page in the document?

• welcome to tex.sx. you could place the text in one of the floating environments, and just not insert a caption. but it's likely that the journal editors don't want that, so maybe you had better ask there whether it's permitted Feb 12, 2016 at 18:53
• Thanks for the reply! I will give it a try. The reason I ask is that they have a special acknowledgement section and for some reason it seems to overlap the text with the other column. But I will ask them on how I can fix it as it messes up the readability.
– Luca
Feb 12, 2016 at 18:55
• Try to find cause whay your text is wider than column. In normal circumstances a plain text without extremely long words is newer wider than column width. Feb 12, 2016 at 19:05

You can use the strip environment, from the cuted package (in the shipunov bundle):

    \documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{cuted}

\begin{document}

\lipsum[2]
\begin{strip}
\lipsum[3-4]
\end{strip}
\lipsum[5-8]

\end{document}


• This worked very well!
– Luca
Feb 12, 2016 at 21:25