Say given a list of items:

Item 1: 
Item 2:
Item 3:
Item 4:

I want this list to be split into two columns with images aligned on each side of them. Much like a centered bar-graph (If there's a way to do that with a package, that would work too).

Image   Item1 Item3   Image
Image   Item2 Item4   Image

How might I go about creating the two columns to align to the center of the column?

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    Put everything in a table? \begin{tabular}{ll} ... \end{tabular} Commented Mar 2, 2014 at 14:13
  • 1
    The listliketab can do things like that. Take a look at the doc if it suits your needs. Another way of doing things would be to use the floatrow package, and a sideways caption; floatrow allows to customise such captions pretty much; in particular, they can be placed at the top-left side of the figure.
    – Bernard
    Commented Mar 2, 2014 at 14:23
  • When mixing images and text it generally pays to use \raisebox on the images. Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 0:14

1 Answer 1


There are a number of ways of achieving your desired output, although it may depend heavily on what your list actually looks like, and how you wish to manage this for (say) a long list of items.

Below I've structured the output using tabularx so it fills the entire \linewidth. Images in columns 1 and 4 are vertically aligned to their tops (thanks to adjustbox), ensuring that large content in columns 2 and 3 remain visually in line.

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\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{ @{}
    l % Left column image
    >{\raggedleft}X % Left column item
    >{\raggedright\arraybackslash}X % Right column item
    r % Right column image
    @{} }
  \includegraphics[width=.2\textwidth,valign=t]{example-image-a} &
  Item 1 &
  Item 3 &
  \includegraphics[width=.2\textwidth,valign=t]{example-image-c} \\
  \includegraphics[width=.2\textwidth,valign=t]{example-image-b} &
  Item 2 &
  Item 4 &


\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{ @{}
    l % Left column image
    >{\raggedleft}X % Left column item
    >{\raggedright\arraybackslash}X % Right column item
    r % Right column image
    @{} }
  \includegraphics[width=.1\textwidth,valign=t]{example-image-a} &
  \lipsum[1] &
  \lipsum[3] &
  \includegraphics[width=.1\textwidth,valign=t]{example-image-c} \\
  \includegraphics[width=.1\textwidth,valign=t]{example-image-b} &
  \lipsum[2] &
  \lipsum[4] &


This list-like structure is maintained manually and doesn't break aross the page boundary.

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