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while using minipage, in the second column there is a text box. When I've used fbox in the second column then the text of the first column goes downward so height not remained same for both sides. Here is the code;

\begin{minipage}[t]{0.5\textwidth}
\textbf{Items:}
\begin{itemize}
\item Item1
\item Item2
\item Item3
\item Item3
\end{itemize}
\textcolor{red}{\textbf{Def:}} Cumulative distribution function (cdf ): is the probability that the variable takes a value less than or equal to X.

    \textbf{Items:}
    \begin{itemize}
    \item Item1 
    \item Item1
    \item Item1
    \item Item1
    \end{itemize}
    \textcolor{red}{\textbf{Def:}}  TCumulative distribution function (cdf ): is the probability that the variable takes a value less than or equa l to X.
    \end{minipage}
    %second column
    \begin{minipage}[t]{0.5\textwidth}
    \fbox{%
      \parbox{\textwidth}{%
        \begin{center}
          Useful mnemonics:
          \begin{itemize}
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \end{itemize}
        \end{center}
      }%
    }

    \end{minipage}

and the output of this code is like this;
enter image description here

Kindly tell me that how can I arrange them so both columns (or mini-pages) remain at the same height. Thank you!

  • 1
    Please provide a complete example people can compile! – cfr Mar 24 '16 at 22:19
  • Is there a multicols environment? – user31729 Mar 24 '16 at 22:22
  • The minipages are aligned using t i.e. at the top, but the parbox is aligned using c i.e. at the centre. So the centre of the parbox ends up aligned with the top of the first minipage. I think. Also, the content is too wide - you must get bad boxes here - because you have a space between the minipages and no room for the box's line width. – cfr Mar 24 '16 at 22:22
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enter image description here

\begin{minipage}[T]{0.48\textwidth}
\textbf{Items:}
\begin{itemize}
\item Item1
\item Item2
\item Item3
\item Item3
\end{itemize}
\textcolor{red}{\textbf{Def:}} Cumulative distribution function (cdf ): is the probability that the variable takes a value less than or equal to X.

    \textbf{Items:}
    \begin{itemize}
    \item Item1 
    \item Item1
    \item Item1
    \item Item1
    \end{itemize}
    \textcolor{red}{\textbf{Def:}}  TCumulative distribution function (cdf ): is the probability that the variable takes a value less than or equa l to X.
    \end{minipage}
    %second column
    \begin{minipage}[T]{0.48\textwidth}
    \fbox{%
      \parbox{\textwidth}{%
        \centering
          Useful mnemonics:
          \begin{itemize}
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
          \end{itemize}
      }%
    }
    \end{minipage}

Use the [T] option for aligning minipages and don't use up all the horizontal space by leaving 0.02\textwidth, for example \begin{minipage}[T]{0.48\textwidth} will be OK.

3

This aligns the \parbox... with the two minipage environments and fixes the bad boxes by using \noindent, eliminating the space between the minipages and reducing the width of the \parbox to allow room for the line and margin of the \fbox:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\begin{document}
\noindent
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.5\textwidth}
\textbf{Items:}
\begin{itemize}
  \item Item1
  \item Item2
  \item Item3
  \item Item3
\end{itemize}
\textcolor{red}{\textbf{Def:}} Cumulative distribution function (cdf ): is the probability that the variable takes a value less than or equal to X.

\textbf{Items:}
\begin{itemize}
  \item Item1
  \item Item1
  \item Item1
  \item Item1
\end{itemize}
\textcolor{red}{\textbf{Def:}}  TCumulative distribution function (cdf ): is the probability that the variable takes a value less than or equa l to X.
\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.5\textwidth}
\fbox{%
  \parbox[t]{.95\textwidth}{%
    \begin{center}
      Useful mnemonics:
      \begin{itemize}
        \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
        \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
        \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
        \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
        \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
        \item "OIL RIG -- \textbf{O}xidation \textbf{I}s \textbf{L}oss of electrons, \textbf{R}eduction \textbf{I}s \textbf{G}ain of electrons
      \end{itemize}
    \end{center}
  }%
}%
\end{minipage}
\end{document}

aligned without bad boxes

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