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I would like to align horizontally the bottom of two columns in a same page in a document with multicol. Apparently there is a recurrent minimal difference between the bottom alignment of the columns.

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{2}
\lipsum[1-5]
\par\end{multicols}


\end{document}
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    You mean align vertically, right? You want both columns to end at the same vertical position? That would imply balancing, which multicol already does... – Werner Nov 17 '17 at 2:10
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Yes, if I compile your MWE, on screen the left column of the first page seems to be a little bit shorter than the column on the right.

I made a printout. Both columns were exactly aligned.

I made a snapshoot and painted a line above: same result.

blindtext with red line

So your (and mine as well) observation seems to be an artifact.

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