I am trying to place a table immediately below some text but Latex keeps putting it either above or at the bottom if the page.

I have using FloatBarrier but it has no effect. Removing the t option from the table places it at the bottom of the page creating a large gap of white space under the text. I also tried \raggedbottom which did not help.

I have read that LaTeX inserts floats before text and I don't understand why it does so and how to put the table in the right order.

How can I place the table directly below the text?

This is my MWE:


\appendix  %

And the table:


    \begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{@{} l l l X @{}}
        \textbf{Authors} & \textbf{Year} & \textbf{Methods} & \textbf{Comments} \\
        \citeauthor{Name2020} & \citeyear{Name2020} & Method 1 & Comment 1 \\
        \citeauthor{Name2019} & \citeyear{Name2019} & Method 2 & Comment 2 \\

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    the only reason to wrap the tabularx in a table environment is to specify that it can be moved, so basically what you describe is expected. You are using table* which are spanning tables which can not come mid page after your text, perhaps you intended table for a single column table, and include h in the options. Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 15:16
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    \FloatBarrier will do nothing at the point that you have it as there are no pending floats at that point. Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 15:17
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    well if it spans two columns it can not possibly come immediately after the one-column text hello. spanning floats go at the top or (with the stfloats package you are using, also the bottom) of the page. It isn't clear what [h] would mean for a spanning float but it is not supported in any case. Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 15:27
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    This is why typesetting systems allow tables to float, allow it to float to the top of the page, give it a caption and refer to it indirectly by the data in table~\ref{tab:table1}.... rather than the table below. Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 15:29
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    you could use \onecolumn before the appendix then use an [h] table under the heading, or several other approaches, it all depends... Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 15:30

1 Answer 1


Two-column floats can not come mid-page, but to get one under a heading you can usually do

\section{Appendix whatever}

To get a [h] here float under the heading in a single-column appendix of an otherwise two column document.

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