I am using multicol with 2 columns, and I would love to have my figures and tables to float, so that I don't have to manually mess around with the positioning anymore. I am aware of figure*, but I want my floats to just span one column, not both.

A bit of research points to "won't work", but does anyone have an idea how I could accomplish that without breaking too much of my existing work?


Sorry, the current implementation of multicol doesn't allow "column floats".

There are some projects with the aim, amongst other goals, at removing this restriction.

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    I know this is old, but either A) is there a replacement now (a year on), or B) could you mention some of those other projects? Cheers! – EricR Oct 6 '12 at 20:27
  • @EricR The big project is a new output routine for LaTeX, but it's not for tomorrow. The LaTeX team is hard working on it together with a big revamping. – egreg Oct 6 '12 at 20:30
  • Good to know, cheers @egreg. – EricR Oct 6 '12 at 20:41
  • @egreg Do you know of any news on this? There still doesn't seem to be a way to combine multicol with floats 7 years later. – Casimir Feb 22 '19 at 15:22
  • @Casimir Here's the top of the manual. – egreg Feb 22 '19 at 15:32

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