Is there a way to align a marginpar with the beginning of a paragraph, without cluttering the text of the paragraph?

If I do the following, the marginpar lines up with the last line of the first paragraph.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Curabitur scelerisque purus vitae nisl lacinia at volutpat sapien bibendum. Sed mollis ultricies arcu non posuere.
\marginpar{Praesent nulla arcu.}Proin neque ante, placerat in laoreet quis, egestas sit amet leo. Mauris vestibulum cursus elit et vulputate. Cras congue nulla vitae tortor mattis porttitor.

Moving the marginpar after the first word of the second paragraph produces the desired effect, but clutters the source document (especially with longer marginpars). Is there a way to achieve both?

  • \hspace{0pt}\marginpar{...} at the front of the paragraph should do the job
    – daleif
    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:07
  • Indeed. Thank you. If you answer again (not in comment) I can assign it "correct answer". In the meanwhile I answer it myself to save other people time.
    – B3ret
    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:18
  • Ok, seems I can not answer my question within 24 hours and I can not close the question either...
    – B3ret
    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:20
  • the delay is to get multiple opinions. In some cases the best answer is not always the first answer that works. Apr 19, 2011 at 11:56

1 Answer 1


\leavevmode\marginpar{...} at the front of the paragraph should do the job1.

Minimal example




\leavevmode\marginpar{Aligned marginline}


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1: See Function and usage of \leavevmode for more information about \leavevmode.

  • 16
    Why not \leavevmode instead of `\hspace{0pt}?
    – egreg
    May 23, 2011 at 16:03
  • @egreg, I got the advise from someone else. Is there any particular difference?
    – daleif
    Oct 30, 2014 at 17:49
  • 5
    \leavevmode leaves no trace of itself if already inside a paragraph, while \hspace{0pt} does.
    – egreg
    Oct 30, 2014 at 17:55
  • 1
    It might also be useful after \marginpar to append \ignorespaces to clear justified space between words.
    – user619271
    Jul 29, 2018 at 19:23

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