# What is the difference between a figure environment compared to a figure* (figure star) environment

It is hard to search for this question since most search engines treat the * symbol somehow special, so sorry if that has been asked before.

So, basically, I just would like to know what the difference is between the following two latex snippets. The only difference is that one uses figure while to other one uses figure*:

\begin{figure*}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.7\textwidth]{MyFig}
\caption{\label{fig:myfig}MyFig Caption.}
\end{figure*}


and

\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.7\textwidth]{MyFig}
\caption{\label{fig:myfig}MyFig Caption.}
\end{figure}


Thank you!

• figure* produces a double column figure in a two-column document. Mar 29 '18 at 10:18
• Oh, thanks! Since I have a single-column document, that explains why there was no visual difference... Mar 29 '18 at 10:20
• Also, figure* doesn't support [h] or [b]. Mar 29 '18 at 15:07
• @IanThompson: Do you want to post an answer so this can be marked as answered? Nov 6 '19 at 7:57

figure* produces a double column figure in a two-column document.
Also, figure* doesn't support [h] or [b].
• Using stfloats.sty, option [b] is working in figure* May 12 at 13:29