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I have a two column layout on this document and I want my image to spread across the two columns, so I've done {figure*} but when I compile my document this image is inputted on to a completely separate page. I want it to be at the top of the page with its caption underneath it and then the main body text continuing on underneath the caption. I've tried [h!] and other commands but nothing is working. Any suggestions? Thank you for your help.

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    Since the permissible size of a full-width float can be set by a document class, it's necessary to know which class you're using. The basic rules are described in How to influence the position of float environments like figure and table in LaTeX? The default length of a full-width float (\dbltopfraction) is .7 of the text length, and text (\textfraction) must be at least .2 of the page. Your figure may exceed those values. Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 16:20
  • Default figure* only supports t and p options. You may have to move the definition earlier in the document to wind up or the right page. This might change the caption number as well. Commented Nov 27, 2022 at 18:06

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Try to use stfloats package:

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{graphicx}
 \usepackage{stfloats}

\begin{document}
    \begin{figure*}[t]
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{example-image-duck}
\caption{May caption}
    \end{figure*}
    
\lipsum[1-4]
\end{document}

enter image description here

Is this what you looking for?

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  • It is what i'm looking for but when i input it into my document it still doesn't work. I get error messages to say don't use the stfloats package and that my document can't have two classes. It also messes up all of my other images in my document. Any other ideas? Sorry, I'm really new to latex!
    – Alana
    Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 22:13
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    @Alana, that is why we usually ask for MWE (Minimal Working Example). We haven't any information about your document nor know, how you include proposed solution in your document. Please show us a small but complete document which reproduce your errors and contain my solution.
    – Zarko
    Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 22:32

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