I want to have one column text underneath the chapter name in twocolumn mode (where the majority of the text is in twocolumn).

I can't. Even using onecolabstract doesn't do it.

One column text that goes across the entire top part

And the rest of the text formatted in two columns

I want the "One column" line to be as wide as the chapter title. Is it possible without loading the multicol package? The following shows what I want (using multicol - but I'd prefer not to load it unless there's no other way).


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Here's one... round-about way - setting the first paragraph as part of the chapter header:

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\documentclass[12pt,twocolumn]{memoir}% http://ctan.org/pkg/memoir
\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum

\usepackage{ragged2e}% http://ctan.org/pkg/ragged2e

\let\oldafterchaptertitle\afterchaptertitle% Store \afterchaptertitle
  \renewcommand{\afterchaptertitle}{% Update \afterchaptertitle
    \oldafterchaptertitle% Old \afterchaptertitle
    \normalfont\normalsize\justifying #1% Set after-chapter paragraph
    \global\let\afterchaptertitle\oldafterchaptertitle}}% Restore \afterchaptertitle





This does require you to specify the first paragraph before setting the actual \chapter. I guess a better interface is also possible.

ragged2e provides the means to restore the paragraph alignment to be justified.

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