There seem to be a lot of specific examples online -- how to get rid of white space around an equation, how to get rid of white space around a list. Is there no one way to remove these big bands of white space that show up seemingly at random? No initial "tight" setting? Here, one is after a block quotation, one is just between subparagraphs, and one is after an image.
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This is TexShop for Mac, v. 3.97.

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    you probably need \raggedbottom. – AML May 11 '18 at 16:46
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    do you use float environments for your code listing, tables, figures? – Zarko May 11 '18 at 16:54
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    if those are images, you might need to crop them. and check in draft mode how large the boxes actually are – naphaneal May 11 '18 at 16:55
  • Spaces are considered to be one the greatest typographic instruments. Don't be afraid of them – Michael Fraiman May 11 '18 at 17:42
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    note that the reason latex figure move to other pages ("float") is preciously to avoid bad page breaks as you show. As you have shown no code it is hard to help but it looks like you are not using float environments. – David Carlisle May 11 '18 at 17:50

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