I have a problem when a lot of figures are in question. Some figures tend to "fly around", that is, be a paragraph below, although I placed them before that paragraph. I use code:


to place my figures. How can I tell latex I REALLY want the figure in that specific place, no matter how much whitespace will be left?

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    Sidenote: Don't use the center environment but the \centering command for figures. See Should I use center or centering for figures and tables? Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 20:36
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    To definitely place a paragraph after a figure, use the command \FloatBarrier somewhere between the figure and the paragraph. It forces all figures defined before the command to render before that point in text. You will need to add \usepackage{placeins} in the preamble to use the command. Sometimes, I have found this very useful.
    – codeman48
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 8:13
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    I gave up using the figure environment, and just use small figures embedded in text or centered between paragraphs. Smaller figures fit better. Commented May 5, 2021 at 9:05

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The short answer: use the “float” package and then the [H] option for your figure.



\caption{Write some caption here}\label{visina8}

The longer answer: The default behaviour of figures is to float, so that LaTeX can find the best way to arrange them in your document and make it look better. If you have a look, this is how books are often typeset. So, usually the best thing to do is just to let LaTeX do its work and don't try to force the placement of figures at specific locations. This also means that you should avoid using phrases such as “in the following figure:”, which requires the figure to be set a specific location, and use “in Figure~\ref{..}“ instead, taking advantage of LaTeX's cross-references.

If for some reason you really want some particular figure to be placed “HERE”, and not where LaTeX wants to put it, then use the [H] option of the “float” package which basically turns the floating figure into a regular non-float.

Also note that, if you don't want to add a caption to your figure, then you don't need to use the figure environment at all! You can use the \includegraphics command anywhere in your document to insert an image.

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    thanks for noting this! I wasn't aware of the change. H doesn't seem to work without any packages, but does work loading float. Is H from float the same as !h? Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 12:12
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    no, [!h] is changed anyway by most documentclasses to [!ht]. And the meaning of h is only: here, if possible, but not absolutely here. The ! allows LaTeX to minimze all counters and lengths which refer to floating environments.
    – user2478
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 12:18
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    For documents not intended to be printed, there is no reason to try and save paper, so large areas of whitespace aren't a problem. So it's much better to have the figure breaking the text at the most logical point, rather than floating somewhere else. These awkward conventions will go just like Latin went. Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 13:17
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    I don't think that the usual concerns are about saving space, rather than stylistically trying to find the best place where to place a figure, table, etc. Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 19:52
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    I found that if I \usepackage{floatpag} (to suppress page numbers encroaching on my figures) after I \usepackage{float}, then [H] stops working. So it's best to \usepackage{float} after we \usepackage{floatpag}. Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 1:14

do not use a floating environment if you do not want it float.

\begin{minipage}{\linewidth}% to keep image and caption on one page
\makebox[\linewidth]{%        to center the image
\captionof{figure}{...}\label{visina8}%      only if needed  


\captionof{figure}{...}\label{visina8}%      only if needed  
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    Hi @Herbert - thanks a LOT for this answer! I had never before understood that \begin{figure} is a floating environment - while \begin{minipage} is not! I had a problem with wanting to include an image on bottom of page w/ text, and not even [H] helped; only this! I just replaced minipage for figure - and captionof for caption - and finally got what I wanted!! Thanks a lot again, cheers!
    – sdaau
    Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 12:26
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    Why do you use a \makebox? Doesn’t it look the same without it?
    – Tobi
    Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 12:28
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    @Tobi: if the image is not larger than \textwidth yes, otherwise not! \makebox centers the image independently from its width
    – user2478
    Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 12:46

One solution not mentioned by any of the other answers that just sorted me out is to use \clearpage

No special packages are needed.

\clearpage forces all figures above it in the .tex file to be printed before continuing with the text. This can leave large white spaces.

For me this was the best solution because I did not have to change any of the formatting and it just made sure that all figures were printed before the next bit of text. My issue was a part of the document with lots of figures and not much text.

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    This is the best solution when you have “p” floating figures, because it is too cumbersome to write the code for \captionof that will have the same effect as a “p” floating figure.
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 5 at 18:03

You can now use the adjustbox package to turn your boxed stuff into a non-floating float replacement using the nofloat=<type> key. Caption and label can be added by own keys, before the nofloat. For centering the center key can be used. To add the vertical space use the vspace key. This solution has the benefit, that you can also use all the many other features of adjustbox to modify the content (min/max scaling, framing, etc.)

Note that if the figure content is just a single image you can just use the same keys on \adjustbox and get a one-liner. If all you want is a tabular then there is the tabular key for {adjustbox}.

If you later want to change it to a real float just turn nofloat to float and remove the vspace key. adjustbox places the caption on top for tables and on bottom for figures. This can be changed by using the keys captionbelow or captionabove instead of caption. See the adjustox manual for all options.

If you don't want to box the content you can still use the adjustbox package as it provides the {adjnofloat}{<type>} environment. It is used internally to implement the nofloat key. Users can either redefine this environment to change or patch the nofloat behavior or use the environment directly. The environment uses code very similar as in Herberts answer.

Usage examples:

\usepackage{blindtext}% for example text here only

\begin{adjustbox}{center,caption={some caption},label={somelabel},nofloat=figure,vspace=\bigskipamount}
% maybe other stuff
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{example-image}% example only, could also be \adjustimage
% maybe other stuff


% For simple images, a one liner is enough
\adjustimage{width=\textwidth,center,caption={some caption},label={somelabel},nofloat=figure,vspace=\bigskipamount}{example-image}


\begin{adjustbox}{center,caption={some caption},label={somelabel},nofloat=table,vspace=\bigskipamount}
% maybe other stuff
 some & tabular & is\\
 also & possible & with this \\
% maybe other stuff


% For just a tabular:
\begin{adjustbox}{tabular=lll,center,caption={some caption},label={somelabel},nofloat=table,vspace=\bigskipamount}
 some & tabular & is\\
 also & possible & with this \\


Part of the result:

enter image description here


Use [ht!] to be more emphatic about placement. And, if you want text to follow the figure, instead of beginning before, employ \usepackage{parskip} in your preamble, and allow a space before the text in question.

I also employ \vspace{} or \vspace*{} before the figure environment in order to manipulate the space between text and figure to give a more balanced look. I don't have any trouble this way, even with more complex multifigure environments employing \subfigure.


Using a minipage for each section (one for text, then another for the image, then another for the following text) can be useful.

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