# Multicol - don't wrap

I have two-columned page by multicol:

   \begin{multicols}{2}
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet...
\end{multicols}


It there any way to ban wrapping to the second column. What I mean is, that I need one whole pararaph in the first column and I don't want to wrap it.

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Is the contents of the multicols environment regular text? Or does it form part of something special (like a ToC)? –  Werner Dec 11 '11 at 18:44
It is regular text. –  Yetty Dec 11 '11 at 18:45

If you do not want any column balancing: just use multicols* as the environment.

If you do want balancing but control the breakpoint then \columnbreak will allow you to set them explicitly as needed.

If you just want to ensure that column breaks are happening only between paragraphs then you could set

\interlinepenalty=10000


inside the multicols environment. However, for that to work you need the latest version of the package (1.8a), which so far is only at the SVN site for LaTeX. With older versions of multicol this might result in column overflows, as the algorithm doesn't expect that there are nearly no breakpoints. See also the discussion in "multicols-not-wrapping-to-2nd-column-properly" which let to this new version.

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Issuing a \columnbreak is usually the way to force a break from one column to the next. As such, document elements prior to it should stay together and not wrap to the next column.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{multicol}% http://ctan.org/pkg/multicol
\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1]
\begin{multicols}{2}
\lipsum[3] \columnbreak
\lipsum[2]
\end{multicols}
\lipsum[4]
\end{document}


This works, regardless of the length of the respective documents elements (to see, switch \lipsum[3] and \lipsum[2]).

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