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I'm trying to set up an environment to use for examples in my thesis document. I would like to increase margins, change the line spacing, open with "Example :", and close with $\Box$. Minipage works beautifully except I can't embed tables or figures within my examples.

This is what I have:

        \textbf{Example \arabic{examplecounter}:}

Any suggestions on how to accomplish what I'm looking for?

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I tip about including other environments in \newenvironment s: Instead of e.g. \begin{center} ... \end{center} you can write \center ... \endcenter. This has the advantage that if the \end{example} is misplaced you get a proper warning, otherwise the name of most inner environment started with \begin{ will be printed, here: ! LaTeX Error: \begin{oneandahalfspaced} on input line XX ended by ... and people get confused because the never typed that environment by themselves. – Martin Scharrer Feb 8 '11 at 10:02
Thanks for the tip Martin! – Jason George Feb 8 '11 at 10:09
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You cannot have a figure environment inside a minipage because its a float, same counts for table. However you can include an image using \includegraphics (graphicx package) and also add a caption using the capt-of package: \captionof{figuree}{<the caption text>}.

See also this answer which explains float environments vs. their content as well.

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Martin, thanks for the quick answer and the reference. After reading the link I was able to get my table (minus the caption and reference label) using \begin{tabular} – Jason George Feb 8 '11 at 10:05

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