I finally found a case where adding ! to a float actually did something. Specifically, it allowed a fourth top float to appear on a page (with topnumber=3).

So, is that it?



\caption{created first}

\caption{created second}

\caption{created third}

\caption{created fourth}


Normally a top [t] float is only added if some numeric constraints such as topnumber (the number of floats allowed at top of a page) are not violated. The ! tells latex to ignore these constraints (that is, for this one float act as if they had their most permissive values)


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