# Span figure in 2-column page

I would like to create a figure that contains 4 mini figures, which spans the whole 2-column page. However, the figures are shown on one half of the page only. (photo attached) I want to do a 2x2 figures that is centered across the whole page. Would really appreciate if you could help!

\centering
\begin{minipage}{0.47\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Diagram/12.jpg}
\end{minipage}
\hspace{\fill} % note: no blank line here
\begin{minipage}{0.47\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Diagram/346.jpg}
\end{minipage}

\vspace*{1cm} % vertical separation

\begin{minipage}{0.47\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Diagram/78.jpg}
\end{minipage}
\hspace{\fill} % note: no blank line here
\begin{minipage}{0.47\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Diagram/59.jpg}
\end{minipage}
\caption{Figure caption goes here} \label{fig:4pics}
\end{figure}


• Figures spanning both columns in two-column mode are obtained by means of the figure* environment. Dec 17 '20 at 10:53
• Another solution, if you want to place your figures anywhere in the text, is with the strip environment, from the cuted package, which temporarily leaves the two-column mode. Dec 17 '20 at 11:30
• \begin{figure*} \begin{multicols}{2} \includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Diagram/ed.jpg}\par \includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Diagram/ed.jpg}\par \end{multicols} \begin{multicols}{2} \includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Diagram/ed.jpg}\par \includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Diagram/ed.jpg}\par \end{multicols} \caption{caption here} \end{figure*}  I did this but the whole figure occupies the whole page, with a lot of white space around. May i know how to put text around it?
– ysk
Dec 17 '20 at 12:29
• Don't use multicols within figure*. But your chance of getting a proper answer will greatly increase if you post some minimal code. Use example-image as dummy picture. Right now we don't even know which document class you are using so we can only guess. Dec 17 '20 at 12:35
• This seems to have been superseded by the newer question tex.stackexchange.com/q/575382 . If that is true, this question should probably be closed. (You can do that yourself if you agree.) Dec 18 '20 at 2:23