{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 do I force a column-break in a multi-column page?

I want to display my article's abstract and table of contents side-by-side, to save space. I'm using the multicols package, but it tries to keep each column the same height, and I can't figure out how ...
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multicolumn long table or enumeration

I would like to generate a multi-column table that wraps within columns of the document, and splits across pages. There are a couple of similar questions here How do I create a really long table in ...
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Placing figures inside a two-column document

I'm trying to get images in my document in two different ways: On top of the entire page, centered On top of a single column I tried it with both twocols and multicols. I ruled out twocols because ...
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multicol and figures

I have a two column document (using multicol) and want to insert figures so that they do NOT span columns. I have searched around and the only thing I can find says that only figure* is supported ...
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How can I reverse the positions of two (unequal width) columns so that the wider one is always against the inner margin?

I'm new to LaTeX and I'm trying to use it to write a spotlessly-typesetted draft of my novel (from the rough, typewritten hard draft) for MFA program applications, and eventually to send to ...
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Multicol layout for systems of (linear) equations

How can a similar arrangement be archived (with ams*, aligned, multicol, etc) 1.2.3 Solve the following system of equations: a) x - 2y - 4z = 1 b) -23x + 43y = 22 3x - ...
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Setting the column gap in a twocolumn (or multicol) document

I have a document that uses twocolumn with scrbook. How can I set the width of the space between the two columns?
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The second column always appears lower than the first one in the multicol environment

I need to make a two column document (on a landscape format sheet), but the second column appears in a lower position than the first one. I wrote "always" in the title because it also happens when I ...
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permissions and acknowledgments in publish LaTeX-composed material

I've just completed composing a scholarly book using LaTeX and it has been accepted for publication. Are there legal requirements for 1) acknowledgments or 2) permissions connected with the use of ...
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multicols not wrapping to 2nd column properly?

This question led to a new feature in a package: multicol I am having problem with multicol package, I created a sample demo to show it. When I put 3 minipages of certain height in the ...
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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 - ...
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Are there any LaTeX packages for multicolumn typesetting besides multicol?

I'm going to need two-column layout (more advanced than LaTeX's \twocolumn - I'll need changing the number of columns without starting a new page or column balancing); however, due to the nature of ...
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Beamer: Vertical alignment of multi-column ToC

In my LaTeX beamer presentation I have a long Table of Contents, which has been split across two columns by using the multicol package. The problem is that I have not found any way to control vertical ...
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Detecting current column in multicol

I'm working in a two-column multicol environment, and trying to create pullquotes using wrapfig. The problem is, I'd like these pullquotes to hang in the margin: the left margin if I'm in the left ...
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Adjusting column width in LaTeX with the multicol package

I'm trying to get a two column "academic style" paper layout on my LaTeX paper. I'm aware there are at least two common ways of doing this, either with adjusting \documentclass or with the more ...
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Different column widths using multicol

Is it possible to specify different column widths in a multicol environment? For example, in a two column layout, can the left column be set to twice the width of the right column?
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How do I force TeX to completely use the 1st column?

How do I force TeX to completely use the 1st column before writing to the second column? Right now I dont have enough content to fill one whole page. So the left and right columns are equally filled, ...
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Is it possible to define a `multicols{2}` preamble switch that works for \chapter?

With standard LaTeX, issuing \twocolumn in the preambe causes the document to be typeset in two columns -- except that \chapter will produce separate one-column chapter headings. \documentclass{book} ...
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Table of contents without title

I would like to have two-columned table of contents: \begin{multicols}{2} \tableofcontents \end{multicols} But it looks wierd if I have a title included in two columns - second ...
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Column break only if within first column of multicol

Background Creating books automatically using LaTeX-escaped user-generated content. Problem The book layouts make use of the multi-column package, with the book content separated into sections. If ...
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Color leak from multicols within a figure

The text at the bottom of page 2 is red, despite the fact that the color change in the code below originates from \color{red}\normalcolor within the multicols within the figure and should naively ...
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How to float figure within multicol text

I have a simple two-column text, and want to place figures within the text. I used this code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multicol} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{caption} \begin{document} ...
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single column footnote in multicols environment?

I use the multicols environment (multicol package). I have two columns. If I simply use \footnote{the footnote text, which is quite long} the footnote behaves as if there was just one big column (as ...
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Left aligning text inside multicols environment

I am using the multicol package. I was wondering if anyone knew how to correct the ugly looking spacing of words. It tries to align them so that each line takes up a column but that means some text ...
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Balancing long table inside multicol in LaTeX

I would like to put some longer tabular data inside the multicols environment while maintaining its balancing abilities. I have tried supertabular with the trick to redefine \newpage as columnbreak. ...
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Making a long table continue over two columns

I am using multicol to make a two-column document using the book document class. I have a long tabular that I want to break where the page breaks and then continue in the next column. I could split ...
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how to change the color of the rule (vertical line) in twocolumn document?

I'd like to make the rule between the 2 columns very thin. I found that no matter how small of width I made it, the line was not thin enough for my liking (unless I make it zero, then it will ...
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Two rules between multicols

I'd like to add two rules between two columns of a multicols environment. For adding one I used \setlength{\columnseprule}{0.2pt} but how can I add two?
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Images off the page in multicols environment

Before my question, some background information. I’ve created an algorithm (not latex) which will generate a catalog for a collection of books dynamically. A user supplies information to query an SQL ...
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How do I force multicols environment to use first column when called from within a minipage

I understand how to get multicol package to use the entirety of the first column before moving to the next: \begin{multicols*}{3} .... \end{multicols*} which is mentioned in section 2.2 of the ...
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enumerate in multicols

The following image illustrates what am looking for: Essentially I want the numbering to occur as shown above but using the multicol and enumitem package. But when I try it by using the following ...
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How to get a better spacing in nested multicols environments?

The following code produces an output that has badly-spaced contents. My objective is to write an exercise with multiple choice questions. Each option may have a figure. The red arrows indicate the ...
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Shaded Multicols

Does anyone know how to shade the background and put a border around a multicol environment, where page breaks are needed. There is a couple of posts around, most notably, multicols within colorbox, ...
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How to create trapezoidal multicols?

I would like to create a XeLaTeX layout where multicol's columns (two in this case, no figures, text only) are tilted where they meet. The lines still should be ordinary lines below each other, but ...
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Enumerate in multicols how to move the last element upwards

Code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[a5paper]{geometry} \usepackage{multicol} \setlength{\parindent}{0cm} \begin{document} \begin{multicols}{2} \begin{enumerate} \item text 1 \item text 2 ...
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Footnotes layout in multicols environment

I am using the package multicol to typeset a one-column (spanning the entire text width) heading and a two-column main text block. In order to do so, I begin the multicols environment along with the ...
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How to make the TOC's part entry in one column while the others in two columns?

I use the tocloft package to design the Table of Contents. I want the part entries listed in one column and all the other entries such as chapter, section, subsection ... should be listed in two ...
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graphics - dynamic image placement

This is a follow up to my post here: Graphics - Images off the page in multicolumn environment Using C#, XML, SQL, and LaTeX, I've managed to create a system which retrieves database information and ...
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How to achieve a multi-column layout for footnotes?

How can you achieve a multi-column layout for footnotes? I have one page filled only with a rotated table (landscape layout, the sidewaystable environment). The table is annotated by a lot of ...
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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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biblatex/multicol: Incorrect vertical space after bibliography heading

I'm trying to typeset a bibliography inside a multicols environment, but with the heading as a single column (using multicols' optional argument). I've noticed that the vertical space between the ...
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Margin notes in a multicolumn environment

I have been typesetting a two-columned book where I sometimes need to put a mark in the margin to say, that particular line might need special attention. (The book is actually a psalter - for ...
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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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Multicol - don't wrap

I have two-columned page by multicol: \begin{multicols}{2} Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet... \end{multicols} It there any way to ban wrapping to the second column. What I mean is, that I ...
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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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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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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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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 ...