I need to write a text just in this format


But I need to switch between single column and double column several times in the same page, without jumping to a new page every time I switch the format. Is this possible without using any package like \usepackage{multicol} ?

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    why don't you want to use multicol (which is designed to do exactly that) Oct 27, 2015 at 19:04
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    Could you mock up an example of the possible page layout you want?
    – Werner
    Oct 27, 2015 at 19:11
  • there is no reason not to use multicol.st it has the same status as article.cls a file in the core latex distribution, you have to input some macro files or you can not typeset anything in latex. Oct 27, 2015 at 21:30

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You should look into using the multicol package and its multicols environment. For instance, the following code produces a page that starts in single-column mode, switches to two-column mode, and finally switches back to single-column mode.

% switch to two-column layout
% switch back to single-column layout
  • Does this not mess up marginnotes?
    – mathtick
    Oct 27, 2019 at 20:16
  • @mathtick - Not sure what you're driving at. For a document to produce meaningful twocolumn output, the margins have to be rather slim. Hence I see no reason to worry about a lack of space for margin notes to begin with.
    – Mico
    Oct 27, 2019 at 20:43
  • This works, but creates another problem, that is, multicol doesn't work with floats. Mar 4, 2021 at 14:21

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