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 which spans the whole page (both columns). Is there a way to get single column figures in a document using multicols?

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    Ask here: tex.stackexchange.com – sorush-r Feb 27 '11 at 20:39
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    @Sorush: Be aware that LaTeX questions with the programming nature are still on topic on SO. @bryanp: That said, this one doesn't really have the programming nature. You want figure without the *. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Feb 27 '11 at 22:00
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    I second this question. I would like to have a figure/table float to the top of the column, like it would using twocolumn instead of multicol (which means that Herbert's answer does not apply). – yo' May 28 '12 at 13:50
  • I should have specified in the bounty that obviously [h]/[H] for "wide" float is a sort of a non-sense and is not needed. – yo' May 28 '12 at 16:35

 \captionof{figure}{my caption of the figure}



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Defining a placement option is not possible inside the multicols environment.

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    How would one go about also adding support for the [htbp] placement location specifiers? – G. H. Hardly Sep 18 '13 at 7:13
  • Great stuff +1 I was looking for this solution for a while. At first I used \begingroup & \endgroup for my tikz figures and their captions. Though it was not keeping them together and I had situations where a caption was in a different column than its figure. Thanks again this solved my problem perfectly. – Boro Nov 19 '13 at 23:46
  • @Herbert Sir, are we supposed to insert the picture/ figure on our own in the place of "foo" of "\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{foo}" ? cause I tried to do so, but still black box is coming. What to do? – KON3 Sep 1 '14 at 5:57
  • delete the option [demo] for package graphicx – user2478 Sep 1 '14 at 10:11
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    I would also like to know a way to specify placement when using this method (e.g. [t]). Can anyone help? – teeeeee Jul 17 '20 at 14:59

"One way around this is to not make your floats float. The float package provides the [H] float specifier which avoids this" (Taken form Werner's answer here: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/75939/182467)

  • Why isn't this accepted answer? – Marcel Dec 10 '20 at 1:39

One solution is to use the nonfloat package.




%figure,caption, and label go here

\figcaption{\emph{I am a figure caption!}}}

example output

  • This answer is meant to address the original question and is not meant to satisfy the additional requirements of the bounty. – JohnReed May 28 '12 at 17:06
  • Sorry if it's rude, but does this add anything more compared to the Herbert's answer? – yo' May 28 '12 at 17:59
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    Your question is legitimate. In terms of features, it does not add anything that I can think of. It is merely a slightly different way of addressing the original question by using the nonfloat package. I only added this answer for the sake of completeness. It may have worked better as an addendum to Herbert's answer but I didn't feel comfortable modifying it. – JohnReed May 28 '12 at 18:51
  • My apologies, I just wasn't sure. It is probably not wrong to provide an alternative, even though I think that caption package works great. – yo' May 28 '12 at 19:03

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