I have a series of tables that are going to be very (very!) wide, but with only 3 rows. Is there any way I can get the tables to wrap within my margins, without having to break the rows within the .tex file itself?

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  • Please provide a bit more information about the tables' structure. E.g., how many columns do they contain, and what is the content of each cell: Simple integers, decimal numbers, text, images, or a mixture of all of the above?
    – Mico
    Feb 7, 2013 at 20:15
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    Outside-of-the-box answer: You could flip the orientation of the table and make it a three-column table that wraps vertically .In order to make better use of the horizontal space then, you could use a multicols environment from the multicol package. Let me know if that’s an option, I can add a sample.
    – doncherry
    Feb 7, 2013 at 20:24

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{\def\endarray{\crcr \egroup
 \egroup \@arrayright \gdef\@preamble{}}%
\global\setbox1\hbox{\unhbox1 \unskip\global\setbox7\lastbox}%
\global\setbox3\hbox{\unhbox3 \unskip\global\setbox9\lastbox}%
\global\setbox5\hbox{\unhbox5 \unskip\global\setbox\zz\lastbox}%



  • Works great, but this breaks the use of \hline it seems. Is there any other way with this macro to make a horizontal line? Or a different solution which does allow horizontal lines?
    – PHPirate
    Jan 1, 2018 at 16:31
  • best not to ask a question on a comment on such an old answer, you could ask a new question referencing this, I'm not sure if I can guess how you would want horizontal lines to work if the cells are wrapping. So a new question would give you space to make a clearer example @PHPirate Jan 1, 2018 at 17:01
  • Yeah sorry my bad, will do.
    – PHPirate
    Jan 1, 2018 at 17:02

Not easily. But there are ways around this, to avoid duplicating your table structure (and promote consistency). The example below uses the idea from Easiest way to delete a column? to selectively hide certain columns in a table:

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\usepackage{array,tabularx}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{array,tabularx}
  one & two & three & four & five & six & seven & eight & nine & ten \\
  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9 & 10
\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}% Just for this example







You would store the contents of the table in a macro (say \mywidetable) and then create a table-setting macro \insertmywidetable. The latter takes an argument for the column specification, where you selectively use H to hide that particular column, or something else (X if using tabularx, say, or c, or...).

Two examples are shown, first using a traditional tabular with c-columns, then using a tabularx with X-columns.

  • Starting an answer with "No" That's just setting a challenge:-) Feb 7, 2013 at 21:16
  • @DavidCarlisle: Well well, and you rose to the occasion. I'll keep my inferior attempt at showing authority with an edit... :-|
    – Werner
    Feb 7, 2013 at 21:18
  • actually I forgot to +1 yours (done now) It's probably more robust if you want to use tabularx or fancy inter-column rules or something. Feb 7, 2013 at 21:20

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