I'm using Tufte LaTeX, but I want to add a rather big table to my document (for detail see my example below). Due to the large tufte-margin this is becoming a bit of a hassle.

I know it's easily possible to extend a figure beyond the usual textwidth into the margin, is it possible to do the same with a table?




%\date{28 March 2010} % without \date command, current date is supplied

%\geometry{showframe} % display margins for debugging page layout
% deutsche Silbentrennung

\usepackage{graphicx} % allow embedded images
  \graphicspath{{graphics/}} % set of paths to search for images
\usepackage{amsmath}  % extended mathematics
\usepackage{booktabs} % book-quality tables
\usepackage{units}    % non-stacked fractions and better unit spacing
\usepackage{multicol} % multiple column layout facilities
\usepackage{lipsum}   % filler text
\usepackage{fancyvrb} % extended verbatim environments
  \fvset{fontsize=\normalsize}% default font size for fancy-verbatim environments

\usepackage{enumitem} % To customize itemize

\setlist{noitemsep} % No space between item

% Standardize command font styles and environments
\newcommand{\doccmd}[1]{\texttt{\textbackslash#1}}% command name -- adds backslash automatically
\newcommand{\docopt}[1]{\ensuremath{\langle}\textrm{\textit{#1}}\ensuremath{\rangle}}% optional command argument
\newcommand{\docarg}[1]{\textrm{\textit{#1}}}% (required) command argument
\newcommand{\docenv}[1]{\textsf{#1}}% environment name
\newcommand{\docpkg}[1]{\texttt{#1}}% package name
\newcommand{\doccls}[1]{\texttt{#1}}% document class name
\newcommand{\docclsopt}[1]{\texttt{#1}}% document class option name
\newenvironment{docspec}{\begin{quote}\noindent}{\end{quote}}% command specification environment


\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{l|X|X|X} % \textwidth too small, alternative?
 One Word & Some Text & Some text & Some text \\


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You could wrap the table in the fullwidth environment and use \linewidth for the width of the table:

  \begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{l|X|X|X}% use \linewidth
    One Word & Some Text & Some text & Some text \\

The fullwidth environment stretches across the main text block and the margin note area. Note that you should avoid allowing the contents of a fullwidth environment to stretch across multiple pages in symmetric mode (where the margin note area alternates between the left- and right-hand sides of the page).

The \linewidth length will correspond to the maximum width of the current line of text. If you use \linewidth and remove the fullwidth environment, \linewidth will be equal to \textwidth. If you were to move the table the margin area, \linewidth would be equal to \marginparwidth. I generally use \linewidth when I mean “take up all the available horizontal space.”

  • Ah! Thank you! I've tried fullwidth and I've tried \linewidth, but I've never tried them together. :)
    – theCed7
    Oct 9, 2016 at 10:50
  • How can I add a caption to this table?
    – AK16
    Mar 9, 2021 at 9:56
  • 1
    @AK16 Instead of the fullwidth environment, you can use the table* environment and the usual \caption command. The table* environment is a full-width table, whereas the table environment is a text-width table.
    – godbyk
    Mar 11, 2021 at 2:30

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