There are (at least) two packages you can use to balance a two-column document's column length on the last page: balance and flushend.

Other than the superficial difference of balance requiring an explicit \balance command to be invoked - what are the differences between these two packages? Why was the later package (flushend) conceived when the earlier one exists?

  • Balance: In order to balance the columns on a page, \balance must be given somewhere within the first column. To turn off the feature, give \nobalance. One has to look at the unbalanced text first to decide where best to place \balance. – Saravanan Aug 3 '18 at 5:03
  • Flushend: Balanced columns on last page in twocolumn mode. – Saravanan Aug 3 '18 at 5:03
  • @Saravanan Do you want to write up an answer? – Bobyandbob Jan 27 at 10:53
  • This is a duplicate of tex.stackexchange.com/a/5817/1340. (La)TeX doesn't support a robust way to do the task. Neither package always works, and flushend can also make lines overlap sometimes. – Blaisorblade Jun 22 at 10:56
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    @Blaisorblade: It's a related question, not a duplicate. If you could describe how the packages act different in different situations, that would be a good answer for this question - though perhaps not so much for the other one. – einpoklum Jun 22 at 16:30

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