I am typesetting a document with the memoir document class with 'twocolumn' passed in the setting and I would like to be able to switch between the 'article' setting for chapters (i.e., that the chapter is embedded in the column) w/ article included in options for memoir and the default setting for chapters (i.e., that the chapter isn't embedded in the column) w/o article included in options for memoir throughout the course of the document.

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the article parameter is commented out for the second image. I am aware of using the 'multicol' package to possibly achieve this similar to this question but I wanted to know if there was a way to do this natively in memoir.

  • I don't quite understand the question. What is your reasoning for using the article option in the first place? It affects how \chapter is displayed (like section), plus sets up a few other things. What exactly are you missing from just not using the article option?
    – daleif
    Apr 1, 2022 at 8:37
  • @daleif I am using the article option in order to get the chapter embedded in the text (rather than spanning both columns). I would like to know if there is a way to do that without using the article option or vice versa.
    – J823
    Apr 1, 2022 at 9:27
  • Ahh that was not at all obvious from my first reading of the question. Hmm, I'd say you could just use \artopttrue \chapterstyle{article} in the preamble and no article option. The article option sets \artopt to true and then then the rest of the memoir code loads. By setting it after you only get the macros who them self react to that switch being true.
    – daleif
    Apr 1, 2022 at 9:51
  • @daleif thanks, that seems to achieve what I'm after :)
    – J823
    Apr 1, 2022 at 10:05

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The article option sets \ifartopt to true (\ifartopttrue) and the memoir code then adapts it self to this. Additionally macros like \chapter react to the boolean value of this option. So if all we want is for \chapter to behave like under the article option, but without the rest of the settings, we can not use the article option and add


to the preamble.

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