How do I make paracol's first column on the left side of even pages and on the right side of odd pages (and vice versa for paracol's second column)?

Even pages:

| Column #1 | Column #2 |
|           |           |
|           |           |

Odd pages:

| Column #2 | Column #1 |
|           |           |
|           |           |

Do I have to use conditionals (e.g., \makeatletter\ifodd\c@page)?

  • Hmm, having a quick look through the manual, I think you have to use conditionals
    – user156344
    Commented Apr 16, 2019 at 10:44
  • @JouleV It would seem a bit tricky to account for breaks in ¶s between pages.
    – Geremia
    Commented Apr 16, 2019 at 14:28
  • 2
    can you provide a test document... Commented Apr 16, 2019 at 19:20

1 Answer 1


No, you don't have to use conditionals. paracol has the option/command \twosided for that, which, according to what is written in the manual in p. 18 supersedes \swapcolumninevenpages (which is how I found this command, i.e. even though \swapcolumninevenpages is lengthy it describes more clearly what this does). This is illustrated in the following MWE where the Y column is left/right depending on whether the page number is even/odd.



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