I'd really like to have my tikz \todo notes in my twocolumn document. When writing on the right column it's fine, but the left column drives it crazy.

I tried to fiddle with the textwidth option but to no avil (e.g. textwidth=\columnwidth-ε and the like). Is there a solution?

p.s. This code goes wrong:

This is\todo{correct typos} some pretty cool text.
  • Just wanted to add that other than qubyte's answer, you can also simply switch to inline notes if you're not worried about pushing your actual text content around. This works by adding the line \presetkeys{todonotes}{inline}{} to your preamble (see here). – FK82 Dec 4 '18 at 11:09

Try the following in the preamble:


This allows todo notes to sit further within the margin. This works for me when added to your MWE.

  • wow, that actually worked. but can I ask you a question? I'm using the fullpage package as well and this command didn't seem to clash with it: how is that possible? – donkey kong Mar 1 '12 at 23:47
  • By default fullpage sets all margins to 1 inch. This is slightly larger than the parwidth defined above, so the two don't clash. :) – qubyte Mar 1 '12 at 23:51
  • ah, good to know. My next mission will be to use the geometry package instead of fullpage. Thanks a lot! – donkey kong Mar 2 '12 at 0:05
  • You're very welcome! – qubyte Mar 2 '12 at 0:13
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    This tip can also be found in the official documentation of todonotes on page 10 in the PDF: ctan.org/pkg/todonotes – lindhe Sep 18 '17 at 13:58

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