I am a relatively new LaTeX user, so bear with me. I am using wrapfigure to present figures in a grant application (read: space is at a premium). All of a sudden, one of my figures is being presented under the text. I have done a lot of debugging including replacing the file from another figure file (still has the problem) but putting the original figure into other analogous code reproduces the problem with different code. Changing the file to a JPG from a PDF doesn't help.

Anyways, I've spent several hours on this and any help would be greatly appreciated! I've posted the relevant code.







\caption{\emph{Six month-olds' looking to unexpected visual omissions.}}




  • Is there a page break near the problematic figure? – Gonzalo Medina Sep 20 '12 at 3:25
  • Not an explicitly forced one. e.g. \newpage – Lauren L Emberson Sep 20 '12 at 3:31
  • Please try to remove the \vspace. It might be that the total of the \vspace is more than the height of the figure. – Guido Sep 20 '12 at 3:37
  • THanks for the suggestion but unfortunately that doesn't help. I took out all of the vspace and it shifted the figure but just behind the text. – Lauren L Emberson Sep 20 '12 at 3:46
  • @LaurenLEmberson pagebreaks (even non explicit ones) can be problematic if they occur in the place where the wrapfigure is supposed to appear. Try changing the wrapfigure to another location and see if that solves the problem; also, remove the \vspace commands. – Gonzalo Medina Sep 20 '12 at 3:46

After the comments to the original question it is clear that the problem was caused by a page break. Pagebreaks (even non explicit ones) can be problematic if they occur in the place where the wrapfigure is supposed to appear. The wrapfig package documenatation mentions this explicitly:

The environment should be placed so as to not run over a page break.

Moving the wrapfigure environment to another location fixes the problem.

As a side note, instead of using the center environment it could be better to use the \centering command; also, perhaps you might want to reconsider the use of the \vspace commands.


I have found that defining the spacing for that area of text to cause the text to properly wrap, especially for figures that have a transparent background. Use \begin{spacing}{1.0} ending with \end{spacing}, for example. You will need the setspace package: \usepackage{setspace}.

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    Thanks for your answer and welcome! I'm not quite sure that this is the problem the author of the original question had. It would be great if you could expand on your answer to show an example (as minimal as possible) where this trick helped you! – wrtlprnft May 6 '16 at 9:51

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