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{multicol} is about the multicol package and its multicols environment which allows to typeset text in multiple columns (up to 10) and to balance the end of each column at the end of the environment. For questions about multi-column areas inside a table, use {tables} plus {multicolumn} instead.

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How do I force a column-break in a multi-column page?

I want to display my article's abstract and table of contents side-by-side, to save space. I'm using the multicol package, but it tries to keep each column the same height, and I can't figure out how ...
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Split itemize into multiple columns

Is it possible to split an itemize list into several columns? (I'm sure it is, but I couldn't find a solution around here) And additionally: Is it possible to automatically split a list into multiple ...
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Different column widths using multicol

Is it possible to specify different column widths in a multicol environment? For example, in a two column layout, can the left column be set to twice the width of the right column?
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multicol and figures

I have a two column document (using multicol) and want to insert figures so that they do NOT span columns. I have searched around and the only thing I can find says that only figure* is supported ...
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How to balance last page of two-column layout?

I create a document in two-column-layout with LaTeX (and Koma-Script, if that is relevant). The two-column-layout is defined in documentclass. The last page of an chapter fills the left column first - ...
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Disable two column mode for separate part

I am writing a document using the report class in two column mode, but I need a \section to spread across both columns, but how can I set that? Something like \documentclass[10pt,danish,a4paper,...
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Setting the column gap in a twocolumn (or multicol) document

I have a document that uses twocolumn with scrbook. How can I set the width of the space between the two columns?
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Placing figures inside a two-column document

I'm trying to get images in my document in two different ways: On top of the entire page, centered On top of a single column I tried it with both twocols and multicols. I ruled out twocols because ...
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How to change spacing between columns for just one page in the document

I'm using the multicol package for my columns. So far, I have \setlength\columnsep{10pt} in the preamble to set the default column separation. But for one particular page, I'd like to set the ...
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Making a long table continue over two columns

I am using multicol to make a two-column document using the book document class. I have a long tabular that I want to break where the page breaks and then continue in the next column. I could split ...
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multicolumn long table or enumeration

I would like to generate a multi-column table that wraps within columns of the document, and splits across pages. There are a couple of similar questions here How do I create a really long table in ...
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How do I force TeX to completely use the 1st column?

How do I force TeX to completely use the 1st column before writing to the second column? Right now I dont have enough content to fill one whole page. So the left and right columns are equally filled, ...
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Reduce white space before and after multicols environment

I wonder how to reduce the vertical space before and after a multicols environment. I have something like below \begin{multicols}{3} { \begin{equation}\sum F_x = 0\end{equation} \begin{...
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Beamer: Vertical alignment of multi-column ToC

In my LaTeX beamer presentation I have a long Table of Contents, which has been split across two columns by using the multicol package. The problem is that I have not found any way to control vertical ...
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Balancing long table inside multicol in LaTeX

I would like to put some longer tabular data inside the multicols environment while maintaining its balancing abilities. I have tried supertabular with the trick to redefine \newpage as columnbreak. ...
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How can I reverse the positions of two (unequal width) columns so that the wider one is always against the inner margin?

I'm new to LaTeX and I'm trying to use it to write a spotlessly-typesetted draft of my novel (from the rough, typewritten hard draft) for MFA program applications, and eventually to send to publishers....
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Twocolumn part in document

I'd like to stretch long lists into two or more columns. Like: Some single-column text. Lorem 4. Sit Ipsum 5. Amet Dolor Another single-column text. Or: Some single-...
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Multicol layout for systems of (linear) equations

How can a similar arrangement be archived (with ams*, aligned, multicol, etc) 1.2.3 Solve the following system of equations: a) x - 2y - 4z = 1 b) -23x + 43y = 22 3x - ...
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Detecting current column in multicol

I'm working in a two-column multicol environment, and trying to create pullquotes using wrapfig. The problem is, I'd like these pullquotes to hang in the margin: the left margin if I'm in the left ...
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Divide the page into 2 parts

I have text, formulas and an enumeration. I tried to use multicols, but it divides the text where it wants. I used tabular, but it don't allow to have an enumeration or I don't know how to do it. In ...
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Adjusting column width in LaTeX with the multicol package

I'm trying to get a two column "academic style" paper layout on my LaTeX paper. I'm aware there are at least two common ways of doing this, either with adjusting \documentclass or with the more ...
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Table of contents without title

I would like to have two-columned table of contents: \begin{multicols}{2} \tableofcontents \end{multicols} But it looks wierd if I have a title included in two columns - second ...
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How to insert a one column page within a twocolumn document?

I have a twocolumn layout which is rendering quite well except for the last page. The incriminated page contains a bibliography with several URLs, each one being cut on several lines. For better ...
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How to float figure within multicol text

I have a simple two-column text, and want to place figures within the text. I used this code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multicol} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{caption} \begin{document} ...
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enumerate in multicols

The following image illustrates what am looking for: Essentially I want the numbering to occur as shown above but using the multicol and enumitem package. But when I try it by using the following ...
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Spurious Vertical Space Introduced by multicols (Additional Case)

This seems to be a duplicate of Spurious [?] vertical space introduced by multicols, but the solution from there does not seen to work for me. Basically I want the case of using multicols to not ...
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how to change the color of the rule (vertical line) in twocolumn document?

I'd like to make the rule between the 2 columns very thin. I found that no matter how small of width I made it, the line was not thin enough for my liking (unless I make it zero, then it will ...
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Bibliography in two columns, section title in one

I'm using the following to span the bibliography to two columns: \begin{multicols}{2} \bibliographystyle{abbrv} \bibliography{mybib} \end{multicols} Yet, the section title ("References" in the ...
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permissions and acknowledgments in publish LaTeX-composed material

I've just completed composing a scholarly book using LaTeX and it has been accepted for publication. Are there legal requirements for 1) acknowledgments or 2) permissions connected with the use of ...
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multicols not wrapping to 2nd column properly?

This question led to a new feature in a package: multicol I am having problem with multicol package, I created a sample demo to show it. When I put 3 minipages of certain height in the multicol it ...
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Are there any LaTeX packages for multicolumn typesetting besides multicol?

I'm going to need two-column layout (more advanced than LaTeX's \twocolumn - I'll need changing the number of columns without starting a new page or column balancing); however, due to the nature of ...
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The second column always appears lower than the first one in the multicol environment

I need to make a two column document (on a landscape format sheet), but the second column appears in a lower position than the first one. I wrote "always" in the title because it also happens when I ...
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Can I specify the width of the text columns in multicol?

I am writing an article with a multicol setting. \usepackage{multicol} \setlength{\columnsep}{0.5cm} The text is organized in 2 columns. \begin{multicols}{2} Can I adjust the width of the text ...
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How to place two code snippets next to each other with minted?

The minted package for code highlighting comes with a float environment called listing. Now I would like to place two of this code listings next to each other, but I have no idea how to do this. I ...
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Vertical Centering in a multicols

In a document I have several multicols units, in which on one side there is an image and on the other side some information in a itemize. Now, depending on the image / information, the two "sections" ...
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How can I create a bibliography like a section?

I have the following: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multicol} \begin{document} \begin{multicols}{2} \section{} \begin{thebibliography}{99} \subsection{Differentiation} \bibitem{...
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Column break only if within first column of multicol

Background Creating books automatically using LaTeX-escaped user-generated content. Problem The book layouts make use of the multi-column package, with the book content separated into sections. If ...
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Three-columns text with figures of 2\columnwidth

Although in multicol environment (not the twocolumn option in document class) is problematic to place floats, there are some ways to put figures within a single column or occupying the entire width of ...
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Automatic column titles with `multicol`

I am trying to reproduce an old dictionary in latex. It is formatted in the following way: three-columns layout first three letters of the first entry of the column in top of it Here is the code I ...
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Enumerate in multicols how to move the last element upwards

Code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[a5paper]{geometry} \usepackage{multicol} \setlength{\parindent}{0cm} \begin{document} \begin{multicols}{2} \begin{enumerate} \item text 1 \item text 2 ...
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single column footnote in multicols environment?

I use the multicols environment (multicol package). I have two columns. If I simply use \footnote{the footnote text, which is quite long} the footnote behaves as if there was just one big column (as ...
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How to create three column document with visible dividers?

I added \threecolumn but it doesn't work. What command will change the document layout to three column format with dividers visible like the following illustration? ---------HEADER--------- ###### | ...
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Is it possible to define a `multicols{2}` preamble switch that works for \chapter?

With standard LaTeX, issuing \twocolumn in the preambe causes the document to be typeset in two columns -- except that \chapter will produce separate one-column chapter headings. \documentclass{book} ...
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Multicol - don't wrap

I have two-columned page by multicol: \begin{multicols}{2} Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet... \end{multicols} It there any way to ban wrapping to the second column. What I mean is, that I ...
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Left aligning text inside multicols environment

I am using the multicol package. I was wondering if anyone knew how to correct the ugly looking spacing of words. It tries to align them so that each line takes up a column but that means some text ...
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Color leak from multicols within a figure

The text at the bottom of page 2 is red, despite the fact that the color change in the code below originates from \color{red}\normalcolor within the multicols within the figure and should naively not ...
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How to prevent column break in multicols environment

I am typesetting a simple songbook and would like some songs to be displayed in two columns (I use the multicol package). However, I would like to prevent inserting a columnbreak within a stanza. It ...
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Footnotes layout in multicols environment

I am using the package multicol to typeset a one-column (spanning the entire text width) heading and a two-column main text block. In order to do so, I begin the multicols environment along with the ...
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How to propely use the multicols package in beamer?

Here is a small example. \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{multicol} \usepackage{lipsum} \setlipsumdefault{1-1} \begin{document} \begin{frame} \tiny \lipsum \begin{multicols*}{2} \lipsum \end{...
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What are the main advantages to using the multicol package over the twocolumn documentclass option?

I'm going to be writing my dissertation in LaTeX quite soon. Whenever I've done work in the past in LaTeX, I've always just used \documentclass[twocolumn]{article} but I've heard about multicol. ...
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