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I am writing a long document with memoir class and multicol package, mostly writing in 2 columns. I am trying to insert a framed text that spans across the two columns, but does not break the flow of text inside the columns. I can end the multicol, insert my framed text, and re-enter the multicol, but it breaks the flow of the text -- as in this answer.

Here is an image of what I am trying to achieve: enter image description here

The text flows from 1's to 4's. The text of A's in the middle does not break the 1-4 flow. Is it possible to do so with multicol?

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  • This is possible with flowfram. To be clear, The 1's flow from top-left to top-right, then bottom-left to bottom-right? And the 2's are fully independent from the entire text (just a bunch of "something else")?
    – Werner
    Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 21:05
  • Yeah, it would be nice to have 11111 222222 333333 444444 and AAAAA (for the added text, unless it's really a part of the main text).
    – yo'
    Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 21:23
  • Werner, actually, I want the text to flow from top-left to bottom left, then resume at top-right and end on bottom-right. Yes, the middle framed text is independent of the rest. I edited the question so that it reflects more clearly what I am trying to achieve. Thanks!
    – m0squito
    Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 21:48
  • This question no longer applies because the previous comment was edited to correct the issue.
    – cfr
    Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 21:53
  • Yes, I meant the A's are independent - I just corrected it.
    – m0squito
    Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 21:54

1 Answer 1

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Please always supply a test document.

This is easy if you are prepared to add some space manually in the second column.

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The wide text is just placed naturally in the first column together with some negative space so that it overprints the second column. then you just need to add a \vspace to leave a gap.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{multicol}

\def\a{1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 }
\def\b{2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 }
\def\c{3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 }
\def\d{4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 }
\def\aa{\a\a\par 11 11 \a\a\a\a\par 11 11 11\a 11 11 1 1 \a\a}
\def\bb{\b\b\b\par 22 22 222 \b\b\b\b\b\par\b\b\b\b\b\b}
\def\cc{\c\c\c\c\c\c\par\c 3\c3\c3\c3\c3\c3}
\def\dd{\d\d\d\d\par\d444\d}

\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{2}

\aa\a\aa\a

\smallskip
\noindent\fbox{\parbox{\dimexpr\textwidth-2\fboxsep\relax}{%
\def\A{A A A A\dotfill A A A A\dotfill}
\A\A\A\A\A\A\A\A\A\A\A\A\A\A}}\kern-\textwidth
\par\smallskip

\bb\b\bb\b

\cc

\vspace{1.8cm}

\c\cc

\dd\dd\dd\dd\dd\dd

\end{multicols}
\end{document}
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  • David, thank you for your answer! It's okay for a single case, although I had to spend some time to figure out the right spacing when the page is not full. I wish there was a generic way of doing it. Nevertheless, your answer will certainly help for now -thanks!
    – m0squito
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 4:30

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