According to https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/24563/ using \setlength{\columnsep}{<width>} one can change the width of the space between the two column.

I have two related questions:

(1) How can I obtain the original width of \columnsep?

(2) How can I tell latex to multiply the original width by 2 or another number?

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(1) To obtain the old value after changing it you must store it somewhere (before changing it). (2) You can use 2\columnsep to multiply with 2.

Example code:

\verb|\columnsep:| \the\columnsep\newline
\verb|\oldcolumnsep:| \the\oldcolumnsep\newline


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