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I need to use multicol package to create columns of custom width. I am unable to figure out how to achieve this.

I would also need to switch from one column to another based on specific content.

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I think the parcolumns might be more appropriate for your needs – cmhughes Mar 26 '12 at 17:54
@cmhughes, any link to a parcolumns example to suggest ? – sylvainulg Apr 9 '12 at 20:14
@sylvainulg: Have a look at another of my questions on parcolumns: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/51041/… – abhinavkulkarni Apr 10 '12 at 14:25
up vote 5 down vote accepted

All the columns have to be the same width, so you do not explicitly set the column width, just set the number of columns and the inter-column space (\columnsep) and this implicitly sets the column width based on the current \linewidth.

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