My goal is for my document to have a standard article documentclass to use the pages for an essay setting, but at the end I need to include newspaper articles and would like to format the latter pages as two columns for these newspaper articles. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I should approach this? Tables are not reasonable for obvious reasons and I am not sure what other tools are at my disposal.

So generally I would like to format my document as

Essay Body


(Two Column Start)


(Two Column End)


Can I force all of the remainder into the left column only instead of having it balance? Also can I increase the space between the columns slightly?

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    Have you tried inserting the instruction \twocolumn at the start of appendix (at least I assume it's some kind of appendix) that shows the articles? A new page will start automatically when the \twocolumn instruction is encountered. The material on the final page of the two-column part of the document will not be balanced -- this is what you want, right?
    – Mico
    Sep 3, 2013 at 5:32

1 Answer 1


You can use the multicol package. Add \usepackage{multicol} to your document preamble, and wrap the text you want in columns in \begin{multicols}{n} and \end{multicols} where n is the number of columns. For more information, see the package documentation.

However, you cannot use floats that span just one column; multicol can only handle the starred float environments, which span both columns.

The multicol package automatically balances the columns; if you don't want this, use the multicols* envoironment.

  • Is there no environment that will throw the remainder into the left column on the last page?
    – Alex
    Sep 3, 2013 at 3:41
  • To change the separation between columns one can set \columnsep, as in \setlength\columnsep{30pt}. Sep 3, 2013 at 3:58

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