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?

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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
    Commented Oct 6, 2012 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
    Commented Oct 6, 2012 at 20:30
  • Good to know, cheers @egreg.
    – EricR
    Commented Oct 6, 2012 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.
    – Janosh
    Commented Feb 22, 2019 at 15:22
  • @Casimir Here's the top of the manual.
    – egreg
    Commented Feb 22, 2019 at 15:32

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