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I cannot place my plot centered on the page. I tried the following code:

\begin{figure}[ht]
\begin{center}
\begin{minipage}{\columnwidth}
\includegraphics[width=5in]{plot1.pdf}
\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{\columnwidth}
\includegraphics[width=5in]{plot2.pdf}
\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{\columnwidth}
\includegraphics[width=5in]{plot3.pdf}
\end{minipage}
\caption{xxx} 
\end{center}
\end{figure}

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As one can recognize, the plot is not centered. Waht should I do to get it centered?

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    Remove the minipages. Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 12:27
  • How should I then make then one Graph?
    – DatamineR
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 12:29
  • You can use the subcaption package which introduces a subfigure environment.
    – Trefex
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 12:34
  • To answer the question "how should I them make them one graph", a variation on \includegraphics[width=5in]{plot1.pdf}\\ \includegraphics[width=5in]{plot2.pdf}\\ \includegraphics[width=5in]{plot3.pdf} should suffice. The other issue is whether your figure sizes are larger than the margin widths. Without a full working example, it is hard to tell. Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 12:37
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    The minipages are useless. They don't do anything in your code. Simply add an empty line between the graphics or \\ to get them one under the other. Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 12:38

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The comments above tell you what to do, the reason that what you did did not do anything is that you were centering the minipages but they were full width already so centering (or flush left or right) does nothing as a full width box is already "centred".

Within the minipage the settings are restored closer to default page settings, so if you want to centre the image inside a minipage the \centering command needs to be inside each minipage. But here, you can simply delete the minipages and allow the outer \centering to affect the included graphics directly.

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