How do I tell my table* to be on top of the same pages as the paragraph I want?

I know of the question https://stackoverflow.com/q/1673942/659634. Which does not answer how to work with double column tables. I have a table that I want to put at the top of a page closest to paragraph 2. I create my tables as follows. Table 0 is the only one that compiles. Tables 1 and Table 2 don't compile correctly.

I want Table 0 to be on top of the page of paragraph 2. But when it compiles it is 1 page below it. Paragraph 2 could be either at the beginning of the page or only one sentence the end of the page. I still want the table to appear at start of the page which Paragraph 2 is started on.


Paragraph 1...



Paragraph 2...
Paragraph 3...

One caveat: I have multiple sections. Each section is in a different file.

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    You probably need this question which includes the Mother (Father) of All Float-Positioning Answers. Basically, put the float on the page prior to the one you want it to appear on.
    – cfr
    Aug 28, 2015 at 19:32
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    double column floats always go at the earliest onto the following page. Aug 28, 2015 at 19:37
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    There is no [H] option for two column floats. Aug 28, 2015 at 19:37
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    No you need to move the begin{table*} earlier in the file. Aug 28, 2015 at 19:38
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    @Whitecat no, floats will not float past a chapter heading (which in most classes uses \clearpage to force out all floats and start a new page) Aug 28, 2015 at 21:36

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There is no [H] for double column floats. Just use


It is a restriction of the current implementation of double floats that they can always go, at the earliest, on the page after the page on which their location in the source file has been set. (Essentially because once TeX has started setting that column it is too late to leave space for a spanning table on the current page and change the required text column heights.) So if the float appears too late, simply move it earlier in the source file.

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