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When there is not enough space for TikZ picture at the end of a text, it will goes to the next page, and leaves an empty space after the text. Is there a standard method for putting TikZ picture in the middle of text, flowing the text to the next page, instead of pushing TikZ picture?

A possible method is using wrapfig page, to put TikZ picture inside wrapfigure. This is a flexible method for floating smaller (e.g. half-sized) TikZ picture within text. I am curious if there is a simpler method for arranging full-width TikZ picture within text to avoid any gap throughout the text.

Here is a very simple example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{mdframed}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}
\begin{mdframed}
    \lipsum[1-2]
\begin{tikzpicture}
   \draw[fill=blue] (0,0) rectangle (11,11);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{mdframed}
\end{document}

Since the TikZ picture does not fit in the first page, it will goes to the second page and leave an empty space at the bottom of first page. I want to keep the TikZ picture in the first page, and push the excess text to the second page.

In a long text with several TikZ pictures, I want to avoid any gap within the text.

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As @percusse suggests, please compose a fully compilable MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass and the appropriate packages so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it. This will also serve as a test case and ensure that the solution actually works for you. –  Peter Grill Jun 4 '12 at 0:35
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The problem is independent of TikZ. What you get with TikZ is a box. TikZ can place this box relatively to the current line (and baseline) or relatively to the page (with overlay). But when the box is in the flow, it's a TeX's box and you need to use the tools linked to floats, figures etc. This is the problem to place a box or a figure in the flow. With pdftex, there are several limitations and this problem is sometimes not easy. –  Alain Matthes Jun 4 '12 at 8:33
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Use a figure environment around your tikzpicture. –  Stephan Lehmke Jun 4 '12 at 8:55
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@Ali As you stated, wrapfig is good for narrow pictures, but not for full-width ones. figure (which you can use without a dedicated package) is for full-width pictures. –  Stephan Lehmke Jun 4 '12 at 9:11
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But I guess a floating {figure} with an {mdframed} environment won’t work … –  Tobi Jun 4 '12 at 9:36

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The package mdframed also tcolorbox use internal saveboxes. Inside such TeX-construction you can't use any floating material. So you have to adjust manual or avoid such an environment.

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