I have:


with no special customisation.

In one page, at the end of a section, I have a big figure with two paragraphs of text below it, and these two paragraphs are not enough to fill up the rest of the page.

When I use the \documentclass as above I get some extra white space at the end of the page, which is fine: the vertical spacing from the figure caption and between the two paragraphs is standard and correct.

But if I switch to:


I get extra blank space between the figure caption and the 1st paragraph and also between the 1st and 2nd paragraph.

I want to use twoside to set the headings with fancyhdr. How can I get rid of these ugly white spaces?

1 Answer 1


When you use twoside you get flushbuttom as standard. Try using the command \raggedbottom in your preamble.

Also, I suggest using the package footmisc with the option bottom if you have footnotes in your document. Put the line


in you preamble and the footnotes lines up at the bottom of the page.

  • As the question is not about footmisc, I removed the respective tag.
    – lockstep
    Commented Jul 8, 2012 at 13:16
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    @lockstep I disagree. An annoying side effect of \raggedbottom is the various high of the footnotes. In my opinion, when we recommend \raggedbottom, we should mention that side effect and how to avoid it. So, the tag is informative and should not be deleted. When I click on a tag, I assume to see all references, both in the question and in the answer. If this is not the ‘policy’, I suggest a change.
    – Sveinung
    Commented Jul 8, 2012 at 13:59
  • In that case, read meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1931/… for starters.
    – lockstep
    Commented Jul 8, 2012 at 14:19
  • @lockstep I cannot see any authoritative conclusion or reference in that tread authorising anybody to delete others re-tagging. Enough said.
    – Sveinung
    Commented Jul 8, 2012 at 21:38

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