# How to change order of two columns?

Is it possible in two columns page style, change order of column 1 and column 2? In other words I want to have a latex page as follow:

Thanks.

• What is meant by changing the order? Should the right-hand column fill up with text first? Should the columns be automatically balanced? – Dai Bowen Dec 4 '16 at 14:49
• Yes, right-hand column fill up with text first. I want to change place of left column by right column. – C.F.G Dec 4 '16 at 14:54
• Is this question about when using columns from the multicol package or using the twocolumn class options/\twocolumn macro? – Dai Bowen Dec 4 '16 at 14:57
• I used multicol package. – C.F.G Dec 4 '16 at 14:59

To switch between typesetting columns from left to right and right to left, the multicol package provides the \RLmulticolcolumns and \LRmulticolcolumns commands which reverse the order in which columns are produced.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{2}
\lipsum[1]
\end{multicols}
\RLmulticolcolumns
\begin{multicols}{2}
\lipsum[1]
\end{multicols}
\end{document}


The columns environment for ConTeXt let you change the order of the columns with the direction key.

\setupcolumns
[direction=left]

\starttext

\startcolumns
The Earth, as a habitat for animal life, is in old age and
has a fatal illness. Several, in fact. It would be happening
whether humans had ever evolved or not. But our presence is
like the effect of an old-age patient who smokes many packs
of cigarettes per day – and we humans are the cigarettes.
\stopcolumns

\stoptext


When the newer mixedcolumns environment is used one has to use the reverse keyword for the direction key.

\setupmixedcolumns
[align=verytolerant,
balance=yes,
direction=reverse]

\starttext

\startmixedcolumns
The Earth, as a habitat for animal life, is in old age and
has a fatal illness. Several, in fact. It would be happening
whether humans had ever evolved or not. But our presence is
like the effect of an old-age patient who smokes many packs
of cigarettes per day – and we humans are the cigarettes.
\stopmixedcolumns

\stoptext


This isn't a general answer but is useful. If we use xepersian package then we can use \RTLmulticolcolumns and \LTRmulticolcolumns commands which reverse the order.

    \documentclass{article}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{xepersian}
\settextfont[Scale=1]{B Nazanin}.
\setlatintextfont{Times New Roman}
\setdigitfont[Scale=1]{Yas}
\begin{document}

\RTLmulticolcolumns
\begin{multicols}{2}

some persian tex

\end{multicols}
\LTRmulticolcolumns
\begin{multicols}{2}

some persian tex

\end{multicols}
\end{document}

• multicol already offers that out of the box for a couple of years.´so there is no need to load additional packages to achieve the effect – Frank Mittelbach Dec 5 '16 at 14:43