# How to add a table in a landscape page into a two-columns layout?

I'm trying to add a landscape page with a table like in the figure. The table should stretch over the whole page and accommodate multiple lines of text.

I've looked at previous answers ( [1]1) but I'm not sure how to integrate those answers in a two-column layout.

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%% Based on the style files for ACL 2015 by
%% car@ir.hit.edu.cn, gdzhou@suda.edu.cn

\documentclass[10pt]{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage[letterpaper]{geometry}
\usepackage{hicss51}
\usepackage{times}
\usepackage[none]{hyphenat}
\usepackage{url}
\usepackage{latexsym}
\usepackage{minted}
\usepackage{indentfirst}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\graphicspath{{images/}}

\newcommand{\sansserifformat}[1]{\fontfamily{cmss}{ #1}}

\author{First Author \\
Affiliation \\
{\underline{ email@domain}} \\\And
Second Author \\
Affiliation \\
{\underline{ email@domain} }\\}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\begin{abstract}
\lipsum[1]

\end{abstract}

\section{table}

\section{table}

\afterpage{%
\clearpage% Flush earlier floats (otherwise order might not be correct)
\begin{landscape}% Landscape page
\centering % Center table
\begin{tabular}{llll}
This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text & This table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of text & This table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of text & This table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of text \\
\end{tabular}
\end{landscape}
\clearpage% Flush page
}

\section{Introduction}
\lipsum[1-2]

\bibliographystyle{ieeetr}
\bibliography{sample}

\end{document}


• Are you sure it is a good idea to put that as a table? It looks like something which would be better described just in text, imho. – Skillmon May 18 '18 at 18:27
• @Skillmon It's my first time using Latex so I'm not sure it's a good idea. I just assumed it would be easier to reproduce what I posted in the image as a table, but I would welcome different approaches as well as long as the output is similar. – Dambo May 18 '18 at 19:17
• What I meant was to not output something similar, as a table with so much text could as well just be text without any table-like arrangement. What is the big problem you have? Do you fail to create such a table in general, or just placing it landscape? Can you please specify your question? – Skillmon May 18 '18 at 19:19
• @Skillmon I fail to create a landscape page that ignores the 2-cols format (which is the layout I'm using). Regarding reason for using a table: In my case, a table just makes the content more readable. – Dambo May 18 '18 at 19:24
• In that case could you please add the table to your MWE? That might be more effort on your end, but it helps everyone willing to help you. – Skillmon May 18 '18 at 19:26

I don't know whether this works with hicss51 because I don't have that file, but you can use \onecolumn to switch to one column mode, and \twocolumn to switch back. Both introduce a \clearpage. I also used sidewaystable from the rotating package.

\documentclass[10pt,twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage{afterpage}
\usepackage{rotating}
\usepackage{lipsum}
%\input{hicss51-packages.tex}
\newcommand{\sansserifformat}[1]{\fontfamily{cmss}{ #1}}

\author{First Author \\
Affiliation \\
{\underline{ email@domain}} \\\and
Second Author \\
Affiliation \\
{\underline{ email@domain} }\\}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\begin{abstract}
\lipsum[1]

\end{abstract}

\section{table}

\section{table}

\afterpage{%
\onecolumn% Flush earlier floats (otherwise order might not be correct)
\begin{sidewaystable}%
\centering % Center table
\begin{tabular}{*4{p{.2\linewidth}}}
This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text & This table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of text & This table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of text & This table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of text \\
This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text This table has a lot of text & This table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of text & This table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of text & This table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of textThis table has a lot of text \\
\end{tabular}