I would like to place a figure side-by-side with a table, and have both of them aligned to the top. This is what I came up with:

      \begin{tabular}{| c | c |}
        Contrast & value \\
        I & 6 \\
        ... \\
\caption{Phylogenetic independent contrasts}

But this doesn't work as I hoped, the two items are misaligned: Rendered figure and table

How can I fix this?

1 Answer 1


The answer to this common question is to be found in Keith Reckdahl's epslatex.pdf, page 36, "Minipage Vertical Alignment". I quote the particular solution here. Please note the "secret", the two \vspace{0pt}


In general, this document is a must for any LaTeX work with graphics.

/Leif Andersson

  • Most enlightening! Commented Aug 6, 2012 at 22:12
  • Thank you very much! Also works if you try to have text and a table side-by-side too. Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 23:39
  • Needs an end } after \end{center Apparently I can't edit only a single character.
    – lemontwist
    Commented Feb 26, 2017 at 21:10

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