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I am using the multicol and listings packages. I would like to have the caption spread across the entire listing for multi-column listings.

Here is a MWE of what I am attempting, however the output is undesirable because the caption gets placed in the first column only.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{listings}
\usepackage{multicol}

\begin{document}

\begin{lstlisting}[caption={A longer caption that ideally spans all the columns in the listing, otherwise it just does not look right if you get what I mean}, multicols=3]

text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important

text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important

\end{lstlisting}

\end{document}
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Here's one possibility, using explicitly the multicols environment (instead of the multicols key); the caption is typeset using \captionof from the caption package, using the optional argument of multicols:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{listings}
\usepackage{multicol}

\begin{document}

\begin{multicols}{3}[\captionof{lstlisting}{A longer caption that ideally spans all the columns in the listing, otherwise it just does not look right if you get what I mean}]
\begin{lstlisting}

text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important

text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important
text not important

\end{lstlisting}
\end{multicols}

\end{document}

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This works well. Thanks - doing it this way did not occur to me! –  Thomas Apr 12 '13 at 5:22
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