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I'm writing a small list of things and want to insert a small kind of box into the margin on right side of the list.

I'd like it to behave more or less like this: If it fits into the margin fine. If not, occupy some space for normal text, while still sitting mainly in the margin If not, wrap into the (list) text (as far as i could gather this is the crux) Or look for a place where there are short list items, since theres alot of wasted space there

Does there exist some kind of solution for this? \marginpar only uses the margin which is too little space \wrapfigure does exactly what I want, but won't work at all for lists (i can't even force the position, it just sits where it wants no matter what I enforce)

Due to my limited knowledge, the only thing I can think of that could be possible is somehow placing a minipage at a specified position on the page and then manually making sure that nothing overlaps, but I don't know how to do that, or if that works

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closed as off topic by Joseph Wright Feb 2 '13 at 22:39

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What is the purpose of your lists? Will they be deleted in the final version of your text or are you looking for an automatic two-column layout? So please give an explanation and maybe an example which demonstrates the practical use of the desired lists. –  Keks Dose Dec 4 '12 at 17:11