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The parfill option sets \parfillskip to 30pt. This means that TeX tries to leave at the end of a paragraph a space of 30pt. This doesn't work with your minipages. You can locally reset \parfillskip: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[parfill]{parskip} \begin{document} \begingroup \setlength{\parfillskip}{0pt}% \begin{minipage}{0.5\columnwidth} b ...


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Just do \usepackage{parskip} \setlength{\parskip}{0.75\baselineskip plus 2pt} which will override the default value 0.5\baselineskip plus 2pt. If you want a packaged version, save the following as oparskip.sty \ProvidesPackage{oparskip}[2016/05/02] \DeclareOption{parfill}{\PassOptionsToPackage{parfill}{parskip}} ...


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Here, I take parskip.sty, rename it as myparskip.sty and make the following changes: 1) change to \ProvidesPackage{myparskip} 2) change \parskip=0.5\baselineskip \advance\parskip by 0pt plus 2pt to \ifdim\parskip>0pt\relax \advance\parskip by 0pt plus 2pt \else \parskip=0.5\baselineskip \advance\parskip by 0pt plus 2pt \fi This has the effect ...



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