This is a follow-up to the question two chapters on same page in memoir



\chapter*{Test 1}
This is a test


{\let\clearpage\relax\chapter*{Test 2}}
This is a test


I'm trying to make a chapter start on the same page as existing content (to save place when printing partial drafts, as the bibliography starts a new chapter, and a new page for a couple of references). However the \let\clearpage\relax solution does not work, as it places the chapter title above the content of the previous chapter.

The Test 2 chapter title appears above the end of the \lipsum, which is in the first chapter:

Chapter title above lipsum

Also, if I change the \lipsum[1-5] to \lipsum[1-4], I get an intriguing error:

.tex:11: LaTeX Error: Float(s) lost.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.

l.11 {\let\clearpage\relax\chapter*{Test 2}

How can I make \chapter and \bibliography start on the same page?

  • If you 'kill' \clearpage, LaTeX will get problems with floats
    – user31729
    Apr 20, 2016 at 18:52
  • @ChristianHupfer The problem is that there aren't any floats here. I suspect the chapter title is inserted as a kind of float, probably due to an internal hack to position it the right way. The \let\clearpage\relax solution (from the linked answer) does work with a single-column document, but doesn't with a twocolumn one. Apr 21, 2016 at 16:15
  • Well, \@currentlist seems to be filled -- perhaps you should use a different class!
    – user31729
    Apr 21, 2016 at 16:16
  • @ChristianHupfer Thanks. The goal was to keep the memoir's features and typographical details, but save some paper when printing drafts. I ended up reproducing the A4 \textwidth and \textheight on an A5 page using the geometry package, and put the pages side-by-side with pdfnup. I'm still curious about the details of why the error occurs only with twocolumn, and why memoir uses floats to display chapter titles :) . Apr 21, 2016 at 16:21

1 Answer 1


It's not so obvious in the MWE but in this class chapter headings span two columns, if I extend the title you see

enter image description here

this is implemented essentially by

\twocolumn[ the Title]

where \twocolumn does \clearpage (so flushing all floats) and then internally uses the same mechanism as figure* to put the spanning text over both columns. It checks that there are no pending floats before using the float mechanism, but because you have disabled \clearpage you get the error that correctly informs you that floats (or in this case, the title of the first chapter) have been lost.


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