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The \textwidth command contains a value that represents the width of the current line on the page. The value is contextual in that if the current line is within a columnar environment, then \textwidth returns the value of the current column width. (If this does not work out for you, try \hsize instead.)


The following example scales a long line of text to prevent it from breaking over multiple lines.

      This line uses the scaled command to fit within a column's width.
    This line avoids the scaled command and will be split using line breaks.

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