I wish to create a pdf-file out of a tex-file, so that the text is printed in two columns, and pages are to have the landspace orientation. The standard way to do this, as I see on the Net, is to say


However on my system (Win 7, MiKTeX 2.8) it produces a pdf-file with the "portrait" pages. What's the reason of that?

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    Dec 6, 2010 at 18:27

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Add \usepackage{geometry} and it should work. The options from the article class get handed to geometry, which then sets it up nicely.

Alternatively, pass the options to it directly: \usepackage[landscape,twocolumn]{geometry}

  • Worked as a charm, thank you very much indeed.
    – Olod
    Dec 6, 2010 at 19:34
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    Note that the title will look different whether the options are passed directly to geometry or passed to the class with geometry.
    – Hugh
    Apr 29, 2014 at 11:52

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