# Landscape table and section/chapter title do not fit together on one page

For my appendix I need to make a table in landscape mode, since the three columns containg quite a lot information and it has to fit on one page. Rotation for the table works just fine with both lscape and rotating (with sidewaystable) packages.

However, I am not able to fit the section/chapter title to the same page as the rotated table. The chapter/section is always on the page before the table. Including the chapter/section within the landscape mode boundaries does not work, since the title/chapter should be in normal portrait mode and only the table in landscape.

I have looked up already this question and this one. The solution of the first one does not work and I can not get the \hvfloat suggestion of the second one to work.

So the page should look somewhat like this:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{rotating}
\usepackage{booktabs}

\begin{document}

\section{Section Title Here}

\begin{sidewaystable}
\centering
\caption{Caption here}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lcc@{}}
\toprule
Column A  & Column B      & Column C                   \\ \midrule
1234  & AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA    &  BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{sidewaystable}

\end{document}

• Welcome to TeX.SX! Do you really need to rotate the table? Probably you can get away with keeping the table in a portrait orientation while allowing linebreaks inside of the two wide columns? This however depends a lot on the actual contents of the table. Apr 17 at 9:34
• As I understand it, this is a feature of the rotating package: rotated floats (sidewaystable and sidewaysfigure) always occupy an entire page.
– chsk
Apr 17 at 9:47
• @leandriis unfortunately yes, the table contains quite a lot information and would be confusing using portrait mode. Apr 17 at 10:21
• @chsk Oh that would make sense, since section/chapter title never fits independent of table size. Apr 17 at 10:21

To provide an actual answer to your question and not just a comment, you can use \rotatebox from the rotating package to manually rotate the tabular (this will not affect the caption though):

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{rotating}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\begin{document}
\section{Section Title Here}
\begin{table}[tp]
\centering
\rotatebox{90}{
\begin{tabular}{@{}lcc@{}}
\toprule
Column A & Column B & Column C \\
\midrule
1234     &   Foo    &   Bar    \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
}
\caption{Caption here}
\end{table}
\end{document}


Two notes:

• the \caption is not rotated this way, and
• the table is subject to the usual rules for placing floats.

Both are on purpose. FWIW I've used tp as placement options here --- I tend to believe that this produces the best-looking documents.

That said, if your appendix primarily contains wide tables and little associated text, I think having each of these tables on a page of its own would actually be the best option.

Another note: a better alternative (IMO) to sidewaystable is to put a regular table on a rotated page using pdflscape and afterpage:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pdflscape}
\usepackage{afterpage}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\begin{document}
\section{Section Title Here}
\afterpage{%
\clearpage%
\begin{landscape}
\begin{table}[p]
\centering
\begin{tabular}{@{}lcc@{}}
\toprule
Column A & Column B & Column C \\
\midrule
1234     &   Foo    &   Bar    \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\caption{Caption here}
\end{table}
\end{landscape}
}
\end{document}


The nice thing about this is that the page will appear as a landscape page in any decent PDF viewer (so those viewing your document on a computer screen won't have to hurt their necks), while printing as portrait page with content that just so happens to be sideways.

• Thank you very much for your answer. Unfortunately, the second suggestions does not solve the problem of separate pages for section/chapter title and the table. However, thanks for 'landscape' good to know that such a alternative exists. I guess since you already outlined that the caption of your first solution is not rotated there is no solution to that? Because with this suggestion I at least the section/chapter title is on the same page as the table. Apr 19 at 7:59
• @user239213 I would be surprised if there was no solution to rotating the caption as well, but I don't know how to do that; I'm no wizard (yet). You could perhaps ask in the chat about this, or post a new question.
– chsk
Apr 19 at 8:02
• Thanks for your time and advice, I appreciate the help! Apr 19 at 9:59
• @user239213 You're welcome --- happy to help!
– chsk
Apr 19 at 12:06
• @user239213 BTW, if this answer helped you, it'd be nice if you could accept it by clicking on the checkmark symbol.
– chsk
May 3 at 9:53