Is there a command which does the same like \clearpage (typesetting all floats which have not been typeset yet) but then does not insert a pagebreak but continues with the following text/graphics on the same page?

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Yes, and this is discussed as one of the advantages of the afterpage package. Use


This will flush all processed floats after the current page has been completely set, technically avoiding a visible \clearpage. See the first use-case in the afterpage documentation (page 1):

Sometimes LaTeX's float positioning mechanism gets overloaded, and all floating figures and tables drift to the end of the document. One may flush out all the unprocessed floats by issuing a \clearpage command, but this has the effect of making the current page end prematurely. Now you can issue \afterpage{\clearpage} and the current page will be filled up with text as usual, but then a \clearpage command will flush out all the floats before the next text page begins.

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    But \afterpage still issues a \clearpage. At least that's the case for me, and that's also how i understand the documentation.
    – Janos
    Aug 12, 2014 at 20:41
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    Unfortunately, didn't work as desired. @philipp described it below: if a new section starts in the middle of the page, the floats from that new section will still appear above the section title. The solution with \FloatBarrier solution did work as desired.
    – akhmed
    May 14, 2015 at 0:02

I believe you may be after the \FloatBarrier command from the placeins package. It forces Tex to typeset all remaining floats at that point and doesn't include a \clearpage afterwards.

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    Both ways are not equivalent. This one has the "advantage", that if a new section starts in the middle of the page, floats of this section do not appear above the section's headline.
    – Philipp
    Feb 9, 2015 at 16:31
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    Just want to add: you may need to install texlive-latex-extra to use placeins package since it is not part of the standard texlive-latex-recommended.
    – akhmed
    May 14, 2015 at 0:07
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    Note that the definition of \FloatBarrier in kpsewhich placeins.sty can in fact issue a \clearpage but only if "Some floats are stuck,"; else it seems to issue a \newpage.
    – sdaau
    Jun 17, 2015 at 10:26

I had success by combining the two previous answers, i.e., \afterpage{\FloatBarrier} (to be used directly after the float, maybe even within) in a case where a page-size table was pushed at the very end of an acmart document. This was inspired by a completely different question. Naturally this requires both packages (placeins and afterpage). The alternatives have not - for some reason - not produced nice/acceptable results.

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