# How do I force top alignment with paracol?

I have a simple layout with two columns, and I want the figures in the right column to always start at the top of the page with even spacing. However, this happens:

Page 1

Page 2

How do I make it so that the images always align with the top line of text in the left column?

Here's the MWE, which should compile with both xelatex and pdflatex.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{paracol}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}

\setlength{\columnsep}{24pt}
\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{1}\normalsize
\columnratio{0.7}
\begin{paracol}{2}

\lipsum[1-5]

\switchcolumn

\begin{figure}[h]
\includegraphics[width=.3\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Image}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure}[h]
\includegraphics[width=.3\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Image}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure}[h]
\includegraphics[width=.3\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Image}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure}[htpb]
\includegraphics[width=.3\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Image}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure}[h]
\includegraphics[width=.3\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Image}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure}[h]
\includegraphics[width=.3\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Image}
\end{figure}

\end{paracol}
\end{document}

• This is not really related to paracol but it's latex's float mechanism. In your example the 3 figures are placed on a float page because of \clearpage of \end{document}. – touhami Feb 24 '18 at 11:24
• @touhami: Okay ... but can I do anything about it? – Kristian Nordestgaard Feb 24 '18 at 16:04
• you can see this answer – touhami Feb 24 '18 at 16:27
• Interestingly, it seems that [h] will only allow 3 floats per page/column, whereas 5 will fit. I tried playing with \topnumber and \textfracton, but so far no joy. Anyway, [p] is better. – John Kormylo Feb 24 '18 at 17:19
• @JohnKormylo totalnumber=3 – touhami Feb 24 '18 at 20:44