I am writing in a double-column template (IEEE Conference Template).

What has been bothering me is that once I have a figure/pseudocode/tikz in one column, sometimes it pushes the contents in the other column down, as if it wanted to occupy both columns.

Like so: enter image description here

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But in fact it only takes up one column.

Sometimes I can solve this issue by moving the figure snippet around. But it is definitely a method by luck...

What is the formal way of solving this issue?

My sincere apologies for not providing a MWE. I have tried very hard, but the problem never appears while creating a MWE!

  • Have you tried issuing the instruction \raggedbottom?
    – Mico
    Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 9:17
  • @Mico No. Could you please elaborate? Where should I issue that please? Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 9:25
  • In the preamble, I'd say.
    – Mico
    Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 9:35
  • @Mico Just tried, it made no differences. ;( Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 9:41

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You should make the figures smaller. There is always a predefined gap between two columns that you cannot exceed. Puting two plots with 0.5\linewidth side by side will always result in an overflow and the plots will be placed underneath each other. Rather make them 0.495\linewidth or so.

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    better is use columnwidh: for example includegraphics[width=\columnwidth]{<image file name>}
    – Zarko
    Commented Apr 16, 2019 at 0:20

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