I'm exporting a simple org-table through LaTeX to PDF:

| a | b | c |
| 1 | 2 | 3 |

After export with C-c C-e l o the PDF contains a centered table, and I'd rather have it on the left (to be clear, I'm referring here to the table as a whole, not the positioning of elements in individual cells).

I'm not an expert at LaTeX. I've looked at :float and :placement in the Org manual here and haven't been able to affect the outcome. How could I accomplish this?

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    Will adding #+ATTR_LaTeX: :center nil before the table do what you need, or do you want to move the table even further to the left?
    – wvxvw
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 6:48
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    @wvxvw You should make that an answer. Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 9:46

2 Answers 2


#+ATTR_LaTeX: :center nil will cancel centering (by default LaTeX tables inherit alignment from the document)

This is how the table would be exported with default settings:

a & b & c\\
1 & 2 & 3\\

This is how it would be exported without centering:

a & b & c\\
1 & 2 & 3\\

If you need to move it even further to the left, you could add


before the table.

  • I tried to move the table to the left with the last example, but all I get is the LaTeX string before the table... (command: $ emacs file.org --batch -f org-latex-export-to-pdf --kill)
    – Pietro
    Commented Oct 19, 2023 at 16:55

To make it global, applied to all tables, you can also customize this variable


and look into options > customize emacs > specific group > org-export-latex for more.

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