I'm writing a two-column document, and I want to add some floating text boxes. I can do this with minipage environments nested in a figure* environment. However, this breaks indentation:



        \Large \textbf{Callout Title}

        One paragraph of text in the callout.

        \indent A second paragraph of text in the callout. This should be indented!




\noindent \blindtext



Whether or not I include the \indent command, the second paragraph in my textbox remains flush, not indented:

enter image description here

How do I get normal paragraph indentation in floated minipages?

1 Answer 1


latex runs \@arrayparboxrestore in floats (and minipages and parboxes and array p columns) this resets several things including indentation:

  \parindent\z@ \parskip\z@skip
  \leftskip\z@skip \rightskip\z@skip \@rightskip\z@skip
  \parfillskip\@flushglue \lineskip\normallineskip

So you might want


at the start of your text box, to reset the indentation and normal (fussy) white space control.

  • This increase column separation and consequently move image out of frame. Or I miss something?
    – Zarko
    Feb 19, 2016 at 0:33
  • @Zarko it doesn't affect column separation, it does however cause things in the column to be shifted by 15pt if they start a paragraph, which was the request. Feb 19, 2016 at 8:51
  • I see. The picture is directly in text, so it is handled as first line of paragraph ... I miss this point.
    – Zarko
    Feb 19, 2016 at 9:55

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