# How to balance last page of two-column layout?

I create a document in two-column-layout with LaTeX (and Koma-Script, if that is relevant). The two-column-layout is defined in documentclass. The last page of an chapter fills the left column first - the result is that both column are of different length. How can I balance that?

EDIT: flushend like mentioned in the answer of TH. doesn't work for me. Maybe it is conflicting with some other package I use?

EDIT 2: OK, after I tested with lipsum like suggested from Joseph Wright I saw it balanced. I tried a little bit and could find out, that flushend only balances the columns in the last chapter, not in all of them. Knowing that, I could see, that it is true for my document too, the last chapter has balanced columns. How can I achieve it for all of them? Here my short example:

\documentclass[a4paper, 10pt, twocolumn, DIV=18]{scrbook}

\usepackage{flushend}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\chapter{test}

\lipsum
\lipsum

\chapter{second}

\lipsum
\lipsum

\chapter{third}

\lipsum
\lipsum

\end{document}

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 This post about two-column layout might also be of interest to you. – Hendrik Vogt Nov 23 '10 at 8:52 Please post a compilable example: Will's comment below suggests that the flushend solution should work. You can use the lipsum package for filler text in an example. – Joseph Wright♦ Nov 23 '10 at 9:35 @Joseph Wright: Hmm, the example I produce with \lipsum works. I have to take a look what breaks it. – Mnementh Nov 23 '10 at 9:47

You can also use \usepackage{multicol} and use the \begin{multicols}{x} environment where x is the amount of columns. They will automatically align themselves according to what you want.

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I don't get it working, I miss the multicols-package. Any idea, how the package is named under Ubuntu Maverick, which contains it? – Mnementh Nov 23 '10 at 10:08
The environment is called multicols, but the package's name is multicol (without "s"). I corrected your answer. – lockstep Nov 23 '10 at 16:50
With locksteps addition I got it working. It is a little bit work, because I have to include each chapter into it's own multicolumn-block, but it works. Thanks. – Mnementh Nov 23 '10 at 18:55

I'm not sure about Koma-Script in particular, but I've had reasonably good luck using the flushend package with a variety of conference-provided document classes. The use is pretty simple:

\usepackage{flushend}


and that's all it takes. There can occasionally be issues with pdf links being broken across columns.

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 I'd forgotten about this particular package. In a quick test, it does indeed seem to work with Koma-Script. – Will Robertson Nov 23 '10 at 8:07

\usepackage{balance} in the beginning of the latex document, and then add \balance somewhere in the left column text of the last page.

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