{multicol} is about the multicol package and its multicols environment which allows to typeset text in multiple columns (up to 10) and to balance the end of each column at the end of the environment. For questions about multi-column areas inside a table, use {tables} plus {multicolumn} instead.

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How to create three column document with visible dividers?

I added \threecolumn but it doesn't work. What command will change the document layout to three column format with dividers visible like the following illustration? ---------HEADER--------- ###### | ...
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Disable two column mode for separate part

I am writing a document using the report class in two column mode, but I need a \section to spread across both columns, but how can I set that? Something like ...
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Bibliography spacing with BibLaTeX (and two columns)

I need to fine tune the distances marked as A, B, C and D in the figure below. Any suggestions? In particular, I would like B=0pt, and the other three to be small. I am using BibLaTeX and two ...
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Making an odd shaped table

I'm trying to make a table that looks like this: +--------------+ | Class 1 | +--------------+ | A | B | ...
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Listing and Tabular in Multicols enviornment

I want to use the multicols environment to display a listing beneath a table: \begin{multicols}{2} \begin{lstlisting}[] ..... \end{lstlisting} \columnbreak \begin{table} \centering ...
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Writing in the first column first when using multicol package [duplicate]

I'm using the multicol package to enable writing with 3 columns or more, however I realise that the default behaviour is to balance out the content of the page with the columns. But this is not what ...
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Organizing a list of items into two columns

Is it possible in LaTeX to divide the following list of items into two columns: \documentclass[12pt,letterpaper]{article} \usepackage{enumitem} \begin{document} \section*{Section 01} ...
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Odd vertical gap with multicol, scrreprt and parskip=half

I'm having a weird vertical gap in one of my documents, which only is there when I use multicol together with \documentclass[parskip=half]{scrreprt}. Minimal example ...
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Customizing the `\columnseprule` in a `\multicols` environment

In OpenOffice and LibreOffice, one can specify the height (depth?) of the column separator rule in a multi-column section. It can be e.g. 50% of the columns’ height. I would like to be able to do the ...
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Multicolumn block is narrower than the surrounding text

I need to typeset blocks of text in a multicolumn environment, with a title above, and framed with full line width. I'm using the multicol package for that. The issue I face is that the block of text ...
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Text justification within multicols environment

I'm using this 3-column layout. \begin{multicols}{3} [.. a lot of text ..] \end{multicols} I want to left-align the text in the left column, center the text in the middle column, and right-align ...
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What are the main advantages to using the multicol package over the twocolumn documentclass option?

I'm going to be writing my dissertation in LaTeX quite soon. Whenever I've done work in the past in LaTeX, I've always just used \documentclass[twocolumn]{article} but I've heard about multicol. ...
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Two columns within mdframed frame

I want to add a simple two-column text within framed frame. I tried multicols as \begin{mdframed} \setlength{\columnsep}{10pt} \begin{multicols}{2} \begin{itemize} TEXT \end{itemize} ...
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How to fix a figure at the top or bottom of a column within multicol?

Within the multicol environment I want to be able to fix a figure to be displayed at either the top or bottom of a column (as in a scientific journal). The figure environment cannot be used in ...
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Reduce white space before and after multicols environment

I wonder how to reduce the vertical space before and after a multicols environment. I have something like below \begin{multicols}{3} { \begin{equation}\sum F_x = 0\end{equation} ...
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Using BibTeX, how can I make the bibliography multicolumn?

Since my bibligraphy stretches over several pages I would like to make only these pages multicolum (2 columns) and maybe also make their text size a bit smaller than the document standard. How is ...
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Align baseline in multicol

I'm using the multicol package and would like to align the baseline of the two columns. The simple use of a \paragraph heading seems to throw off the alignment, which can be pretty jarring visually. ...
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Include floated figure in two column environment

I'm using a two column layout and I'm trying to get a figure to appear on the bottom of the page it's currently on. Floats don't work natively in a multicol environment. Right now I'm getting around ...
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How to place two code snippets next to each other with minted?

The minted package for code highlighting comes with a float environment called listing. Now I would like to place two of this code listings next to each other, but I have no idea how to do this. I ...
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Bibliography in two columns, section title in one

I'm using the following to span the bibliography to two columns: \begin{multicols}{2} \bibliographystyle{abbrv} \bibliography{mybib} \end{multicols} Yet, the section title ("References" in the ...
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Undesired behavior: compiler skips figure onto the next page no matter what

This one is driving me crazy, I really hope somebody can give me a hint about what's going on... In this print-screen you can see the code compared to the compiled result: No matter how small I ...
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Full width code listing within two column text

I am using multicols to create two columns for body text. For code typesetting I am using the listings package. For the latter I have created an environment using \lstnewenvironment command, used as ...
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how to make ragged bottoms of columns in multicols when preventing page breaks?

The setup: I need to use multicols for say 3 columns where I have many small sections. I noticed that some sections are broken in the middle and end up wrapping to the next column, which I do not ...
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nested multicols with itemised list

Is there any way to reduce the column separation in \begin{itemize}...\end{itemize} in the following MWE to be the same as \setlength{\columnsep}{1cm}. Also how can I remove the column separation rule ...
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What is \section and itemize doing to the penalty system? (problem with eledmac column balancing)

I still have a strange problem with column balancing in eledmac.sty two column footnotes. But I have a new MWE, possibly showing that this might not be a problem specific to eledmac (this is why I ...
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column header for multicols

I would like to add a fixed content (produced by e.g. \parbox) at the top of every column of a multicols* environment. How can I do this? The optional argument of multicols* is only added on the first ...
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LaTeX: Balanced twocolumn Text with Footnotes only in the right column (ftnright)

Do the packages ftnright and balance work together? I'm looking for a solution to generate a twocolumn text in LaTeX. My footnotes should appear at the bottom of the right column. However, my main ...
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Insert figure in a multicol article

I am trying to insert a figure with a caption into a multicol article. When the figure was inserted on its own, it was fine: includegraphics[width=0.5cm]{image} However, when I tried to insert the ...
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How can I make todo comments when using the multicol package?

I need to use the multicol package and I want to have todo items in the margin. I found the todonotes package which looked very promising: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{todonotes} ...
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Reduce vertical spacing itemize and multicols

I have added code to reduce the spacing before itemize. However, when I use multicols still a lot of extra vertical white space is added (see the space before the subitems). Does anyone know how to ...
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one-column multicol environment

I'm writing some xsl that takes xml source and outputs a .tex file. The source has an element that is meant to frequently become a multicols environment in the .tex output, and it has a cols attribute ...
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Twocolumn part in document

I'd like to stretch long lists into two or more columns. Like: Some single-column text. Lorem 4. Sit Ipsum 5. Amet Dolor Another single-column text. Or: Some ...
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How can I create a multicol “figure”?

I have the following, somewhat minimal, example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multicol} \begin{document} \begin{multicols}{2} \begin{minipage}{\textwidth} \begin{framed} The function ...
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Two-columns, 10pt bibliography / specific pages only, in a one-column, 12pt text body

For the writing of a document with a limited number of pages that I would like to keep easy to read and scheme over, I would like to have the main text in one column, 12pt the bibliography in ...
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Skip to next column if too few lines remain in current column to complete an environment

I'm using \documentclass[addpoints,answers,12pt]{exam} \usepackage{multicol} to generate Multiple Choice Question paper in two columns. I want to start new question on next column, if less ...
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Balance columns in all document

In IEEE documents all the columns are balanced. Is it posible to achieve this in an article class?.
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Three-columns text with figures of 2\columnwidth

Although in multicol environment (not the twocolumn option in document class) is problematic to place floats, there are some ways to put figures within a single column or occupying the entire width of ...
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Interaction with multicol and mdframed results in misaligned rows

This works fine with TeXLive2011 and was working fine with TeXLive2012 until I recently updated the packages. So with TexLive2011, this produces: but with an updated TeXLive2012 this yields: ...
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Displaying verse numbers on the left of corresponding column in multi-colmn text

I have two-column text that consists of multiple verses that are numbered sequentially. Imagine a text like below flowing into page in two columns. 1 Text for verse one that belongs to first verse. 2 ...
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Frame over multicol columnbreak

Hello everybody out there using TeX, Is there a possibility to draw a frame over a columnbreak when using for example the multicol package? I've already tried several possibilities and done ...
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Footnotes in tabular environments within multicols

I'm running into a strange inconsistency when I use footnotes in and out of tabular environments within multicols. In particular, I'm declaring a savenotes environment in a style file as follows: ...
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Keeping checkboxes aligned using the Exam class

I'm using the exam class in a multicols environment to create a series of worksheets. Many questions are yes/no. If the question is too long, it wraps to the next line and moves the answers. Is there ...
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Type several columns using right-to-left language

I want type Farsi (this language is right-to-left) in several columns. How do I start the contents from the first column to the right?
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Two enumerated lists side by side

I am trying to replicate the image below, but what I currently have gives awkward spacing on the two lists. Could anyone advise me as to how I could mimic the picture? ...
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How to avoid page break after \end{multicols*}?

I am experimenting in LyX to create a page which has a single column and two column text. I inserted the following TeX code in the file. \begin{multicols*}{2} \lipsum[1] ...
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First line of first paragraph after section/subsection is indented

When writing an essay with the article class, the first line after a section or subsection has somewhere along the way become indented. According to typographic standards (American standards, I ...
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How to prevent uneven spacing between words

In the following example, I get awkward spacing in a multicol environment in the second question. Notice that the words "Which of the following" are not spaced as they are in the first question. I'd ...
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Multicol layout with consistent blank column

So I am looking to create a standardized test with math questions going down the left side of page with space for figuring on the right side of page. My goal is to get code that is clean, where I ...
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How to make {multicols}{2} the same as \twocolumn ?

Using \begin{multicols}{2} gives me unexpected results. It seems like if I write 8 lines, then it divides by 2, then puts 4 lines in the left column and then the other 4 in the right column (see ...
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balance the bottoms with multicol

I want to balance the bottoms of all the columns. But only that of the last column does not. It comes to half heights of the textheight. If % of the last %\columnbreak is removed, that of the last ...