How can I get latex to place my figure sufficiently at the top of my page to allow for my caption to nicely fit at the bottom?

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    \caption{Comparing average risk during care to 3 uninfected patients within single and multibed room relative to \emph{direct care}.  $\alpha=0.069$. }


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    you can tweak the size of the included graphics with totalheight or width options, for example \includegraphics[totalheight=17cm] \includegraphics[width=\textwidth]. Any of these two commands will keep the aspect ratio of the figure.
    – guillem
    May 17, 2013 at 11:06
  • Ahh yes this looks good! totalheight will not scale the figure then?
    – HCAI
    May 17, 2013 at 11:08
  • As far as i recall, totalheight will scale the figure (keeping the aspect ratio). I think that you could specify both width and height using both options at the same time, and the image aspect ratio will change. There is also the scale option which can be useful in your case.
    – guillem
    May 17, 2013 at 11:12
  • I used to use scale assiduously but don't want the font size of my figures to change noticeably. I really just want my figure to fit on the page by placing the float closer to the top of the page.
    – HCAI
    May 17, 2013 at 14:22

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Most likely your figure is too large (in height) and you should get a warning when compiling. The geometry package can show you the actual available space with \usepackage[showframe]{geometry}. Usually figures are centred vertically on a page if there is no other content. You can align them at the top with

  • Hmm quite possibly. Where do I paste your code?
    – HCAI
    May 17, 2013 at 11:06
  • it needs to go before \begin{document} to affect your whole document. Did you check your page size with the geometry package, did you check for warnings in the log-file?
    – Martin H
    May 17, 2013 at 12:31

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