# How to get rid of extra space after multicol environment?

I have a problem of extra-space after multicol environment. I am trying to create a small form; here is an example of my code:

\documentclass[a4paper,14pt]{extreport}
\usepackage{fontspec} %
\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setmainlanguage{english}
\usepackage{cfr-lm}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{framed, color}

\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{2}
\noindent
\textbf{Procurement \textnumero:}  \dotfill \\
{} \\
\textbf{Procurement date:}  \dotfill \\
{} \\
\textbf{Shipment type:}  \dotfill \\
\vfill\null
\columnbreak
{} \\
{} \\
\textbf{COuntry of origin:} \dotfill \\
\end{multicols} %\par
\begin{center}
\Large \textbf{\textsc{Exemplary Specimen:}}
\end{center} \par
\lipsum[1]
\end{document}


There is way too much space after 2-columns environment! It eats valuable space, as I want my form to fit within 1 page! I think I tried to use \setlength\multicolsep{0pt}, but with no effect! Any hints are welcomed! Thank you!

The following provides some clearer code that reproduces the output, but with options to play around with the spacing:

\documentclass[a4paper,14pt]{extreport}

\usepackage{cfr-lm,lipsum,tabularx}
\usepackage[table]{xcolor}

\begin{document}

\noindent
\begingroup\bfseries
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{ @{} X X @{} }
Procurement \textnumero: \dotfill &
Procurement date: \dotfill &
Received on date: \dotfill \\ \\
Shipment type: \dotfill &
Country of origin: \dotfill
\end{tabularx}

\noindent
\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{2}%
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{ X }
\end{tabularx}
\endgroup

\lipsum[1]

\end{document}


You can also just use the article class, shrink the base font size and then use geometry to allow more real estate on your page. Something like, say

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[margin=2in]{geometry}

• Thank you very much, Werner! In essence, you decided NOT to use multicols, but instead use tabular environment, am I right? I was thinking about this approach as well, but decided to check if there is an easy fix for multicol. P.S. I used 14pt font for sake of my eyes, in original document it will be 12pt, of course. Anyway, thanks for the remark! – user136555 Nov 7 '17 at 5:02
• @user136555: Yes. You don't need a natural flow of content from one column to the next; your document content works well with a tabular-like structure. – Werner Nov 7 '17 at 5:10
• Note that \vspace also accepts negative values, so you can use that in order to reduce vertical spacing), e.g. \vspace{-1\baselineskip}. – Bashful Beluga Feb 21 '18 at 3:07

You should never use \\ for “leaving a blank line”. In this case, you can set locally an increased baseline skip.

\documentclass[a4paper,14pt]{extreport}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setmainlanguage{english}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{framed, color}

\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{2}
\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}

\textbf{Procurement \textnumero:} \dotfill

\textbf{Procurement date:} \dotfill

\textbf{Shipment type:} \dotfill

\textbf{Country of origin:} \dotfill
\end{multicols}

\centering\Large\bfseries Exemplary Specimen:

\lipsum[1]

\end{document}


Note that cfr-lm does nothing when fontspec is loaded.

I simply put a command like

\vspace{-0.5cm}


after "\end{multicols}" to "remove" the extra space and I am happy with the result.