I'm writing an article with three columns, and I use the code 


Now I want to insert a picture which occupies two columns size. How could I accomplish it?

  • 1
    Could you please insert a MWE which shows what you have tried? EDIT: Could you also make your title more clear. "Picture occupies two columns" implies, the code you tried already worked for you, which I guess is not the case.
    – Jan
    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:13
  • I'm sorry to fail to make my problem clear. How about now?
    – Zhang
    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:23
  • Please be (still) more specific: Should the picture span columns 1 and 2, or should it span columns 2 and 3?
    – Mico
    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:26
  • @Zhang: nothing to be sorry. We are just trying to help you as specific as we can. But to do so, we have to understand your problem and therefor you must describe your problem as clear as possible. Can you insert your MWE?
    – Jan
    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:28
  • the picture should span column 2 and 3, but later I will meet the situation of 1 and 2.
    – Zhang
    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:15

1 Answer 1


multicol doesn't support floats but you can always position an image by hand, leaving space in the spanned columns;

enter image description here


\def\a{\stepcounter{enumi}\Roman{enumi}: \roman{enumi} one two three (\theenumi) four five. }
\def\b{\a\a Green yellow black white. \a\a\a}
\def\c{\b\b\par Apple pear orange. \b\par}



\captionof{figure}{A Christmas Tree}

  • Does this code support Chinese font if I replace article by ctexart?
    – Zhang
    Dec 30, 2016 at 13:33
  • @Zhang yes of course, it is just positioning the image by hand and adding the vspace "by eye" where needed to leave space in the third column. Dec 30, 2016 at 13:46

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