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I would like to add a fixed content (produced by e.g. \parbox) at the top of every column of a multicols* environment. How can I do this? The optional argument of multicols* is only added on the first page and covers all columns - I need it on every page and every column. Using a table package like longtable could be a solution but I haven't found a multipage tabular package that works well with multicol.

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You can't use longtable in combination with multicol. multicol saves the content inside a save box and split them. longtable works well with twocolumn mode so you have the first method. (Note: \twocolumn always starts a new page). What to you want to have? Do you want to break at special points? –  Marco Daniel Oct 21 '11 at 15:16
you can redefine the header of pagestyle francy} via the optional argument of multicols. With a \vbox of 0pt you can set the multicols header deeper than the default header. –  Herbert Oct 21 '11 at 18:39
@Herbert: That's my current solution (put the fixed content into the page header). But it looks bad if there is only one column on the last page (I use multicols*). –  Martin Schröder Oct 21 '11 at 19:25
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You don't provide a minimal example, so I hope to get away by reminding you on this:

multicolumn long table or enumeration

As far as I understand your question, you could use \tablehead of supertabular to print your »fixed content«.

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Yes, that seems to to the trick. I'll wait till the end of the bounty period, though. –  Martin Schröder Oct 25 '11 at 16:55
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