I would like to put a longtable on the top of / at the bottom of page, depending on what option is nicer for me. If possible, I would avoid the use of tabular in my document for certain reasons. Note that \clearpage / \newpage is not a command which I would like to use to solve this problem.

My MWE, where longtable should be forced on the top of the second page, is as follows:




   \begin{longtable}{l l}
      1 & 2 \\
      3 & 4 \\
      5 & 6 \\

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    Your write-up is quite confusing, I'm afraid, especially the sentence "Can I do it somehow like with [t!] and [b!] in tabular environment?" Did you maybe mean to write table instead of tabular? For sure: for tabular environments, the ! override is ignored, and the t and b position specifiers do not place the tabular environment at the top or bottom of a page. Your write-up also makes it sound like the entire longtable fits on a single page. If this impression is correct, why bother with the longtable machinery in the first place?
    – Mico
    Nov 9, 2019 at 15:17
  • @Mico thank you for your feedback. My goal is to fit the beginning of a longtable to the top of the page. My table does not fit necessarily on a single page, but a one-page display may not be exluded. This is why I insist on longtable.
    – TobiR
    Nov 9, 2019 at 15:33
  • as far as I can tell, you want \clearpage before the longtable Nov 9, 2019 at 15:43
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    As far as I know, a longtable does not float and is inserted where it is used in the code. Depending on the actual document, your could however probably make make use of the \afterpage command from the afterpage package. This is also explained here: Longtable float placement and here: Start a longtable in Latex at top of next page
    – leandriis
    Nov 9, 2019 at 15:45
  • why not use blank (phantom rows) at the beginning of the table--the number of phantom rows to be added can be customised through a separate \newcommand
    – js bibra
    Nov 10, 2019 at 1:33


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