My problem is: I have a huge index and I don't want to balance it.
I have 12 indices and use this package: \usepackage[noautomatic, nonewpage]{imakeidx}. See picture attached to understand what I try to do. unbalance last column, so it does not break where it does right now! I've tried it with \usepackage[unbalanced]{idxlayout} but with partial success (every index starts on a new page). Also tried it with Original option but that puts every index on new page and I don't want that. Sorry, I cannot post the whole code.
This is how I add my indices:

\makeindex[name=FeintoolNorm,title=Stichwortverzeichnis, columns=2]

This is very frustrating, because people have the opposite problem which I cannot reproduce :-\
If you need more information, please let me know since I don't know where the problem is, I don't know what you need to know.

EDIT: Uploaded an MWE: mwe_NormOrdner.zip Extract the zip and run Norm_Erstellen.bat. If it doesn't work, adjust the paths to makeindex.exe and pdflatex.exe in this file.


As you didn't provide code it is quite unclear what definition for the index you are using. But you can try to patch it to use multicols* instead of multicols:




  • Ulrike, vielen Dank für die Antwort. Unfortunately the patched multicols forces each index to start on a new page - again. What do you need to know (definitions for the index)? My document is created with the help of Excel and VBA. Then I need a separate batch file to make the multiple indices work (TeXstudio does not a good job at that). What I do here is I import 229 PDF docs and create an index to easier find the content. My index consists of text from Excel and some complicated macro-stuff in LaTeX. Please let me know what you need to know! Any help/input is appreciated! – gilu Feb 17 '17 at 6:17
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    If you have more than one index than you probably need the patch only before the last one. And what I need should be obvious: some example to test the issue and possible solutions. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 17 '17 at 9:12
  • Thank you Ulrike! That did the trick! :-) I didn't want to post the code, becaues it is spread over 5 files (not to mention the 229 pdf files) which 4 of them are generated automatically and making an MWE would have been nearly impossible - I just wanted to focus on the main "issue". – gilu Feb 17 '17 at 11:56
  • Making a MWE is not impossible and imho wouldn't take so much time. After all you only want to show a problem with two indices. So the preamble, some \index commands and two \printindex should be enough. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 17 '17 at 13:10
  • No, it's truly not impossible - it only took me 2 hours to make one and get it to work without Excel and reveling sensitive data. Please see first post for zip file. – gilu Feb 20 '17 at 7:00

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