I want to create a formulary in LaTeX. I can use it at the exam and it has do be at maximum a page recto-verso. I don't want margins (only the strict necessary for printing). I also want to minimize the withe space (between text and formulas, ...). I want to use the page in landscape and subdivide it in 4-5 columns. It is possible to create a similar thing?

It has to look like this handwritten formulary (sorry for the bad quality): handwritten page


2 Answers 2


Here's another option, using the geometry package to change the page layout, the multicol package to get a four-column document and a redefinition of \normalsize to decrease the font size and the values for \abovedisplyskip, \belowdisplayskip, and their "short" variants:

\usepackage[nopar]{lipsum}%just to generate text for the example

% redefinition of \normalsize to use \footnotesize and decrease the values for
% \abovedisplyskip, \belowdisplayskip, and the "short" variants
   \abovedisplayskip 1\p@ \@plus\p@ \@minus\p@
   \belowdisplayskip 1\p@ \@plus\p@ \@minus\p@
   \abovedisplayshortskip \z@ \@plus\p@
   \belowdisplayshortskip \z@ \@plus\p@ \@minus\p@


% multicol parameters

\newcommand\TestText{% just to generate text for the example
E = mc^2.
a &= b \\
&= c \\
&= d.




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I wanted to do something similar once, but then was told that only handwritten text was allowed, so I never got past a crude template. It squeezes 36 lipsum paragraphs on 2 pages, where you usually would have 14, so tell me if it suits your needs:






\[ \int_0^1f(x)\ dx \]
\[ \int_0^1f(x)\ dx \]
\[ \int_0^1f(x)\ dx \]



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    Thank you. Both answers are very good but I accepted the other because a I better understand the code.
    – user17895
    Oct 18, 2012 at 16:14

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