When writing an essay with the article class, the first line after a section or subsection has somewhere along the way become indented.

According to typographic standards (American standards, I believe?) the first line in a paragraph following a heading should not be indented. Somehow, my first lines have become indented.

I am using input to handle the text below a section, looking something like this:

\subsection{Section name}

As you can see, I am using the multicol package to enable multiple columns. The other packages (relevant to my problem) I am using are: MinionPro, simplemargins and lettrine (although I haven't implemented it in the text yet).

Is there something apparent that I've missed? Is there a package conflict here, perhaps? If the problem lies in the multicols package, is there a solution to my problem where I can keep my two-column-layout?

  • you will need to provide a minimal example to make it easier to get answers.
    – yannisl
    Nov 15, 2010 at 11:16

1 Answer 1


The multicol manual (Section 2 - The User Interface, p. 2ff) offers a very simple solution.


   \begin{multicols}{2}[\section{A Section title}]

Note that the blindtext package is only for creating dummy text thus not part of the solution.


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