If I write

A = <long string of variables> \\
=& <another long string of variables>

This works and aligns the equal signs and makes the total block of two-lines centered.

Now I want to remove the "A =" part, and simply assert that <long string of variables> is equal to <another long string of variables>. However, every version of this I write makes the left alignment of the second line to the left of the first, since <another long string of variables> is even longer.

How can I force the second line to shift over to the right so that the equal sign lies underneath the first line, somewhat? I've tried \hspace and a million alignment tricks but none of them have worked. I'd also be fine if I could just left-align the first line and right-align the second line!

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    Your code doesn't align the = sign on whatever.
    – Bernard
    May 11, 2016 at 17:07

1 Answer 1


Write this:

 & \phantom{{}={}}\text{long string of variables}\\
& = \text{another long string of variables}

or this (as suggested by @daleif):

&\text{long string of variables}\\
 ={} & \text{another long string of variables}

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  • Less to write if you use & in the first row and ={} & on the second.
    – daleif
    May 11, 2016 at 17:55
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    @daleif: You're right, if there are no other lines with alignment. I've updated my answer. Thanks!
    – Bernard
    May 11, 2016 at 18:03

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