## Figure floats in multicol

Newsgroups: comp.text.tex
Date: 1999/02/01
> I am typesetting a paper using the multicol package (Abstract is full
> width, rest of paper is in two columns expect for a few large figures)

No need for multicol.sty. Use

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
...
\twocolumn[%
\begin{abstract}
Will be spanning the whole text width
\end{abstract}
]
Now your two-column text starts.

You can use figure and figure* for one resp. two column floats.

Happy TeXing!

Axel Reichert

### Figure floats in multicol

>Does anyone know of a neat way to include floats (specifically figures)
>in a LaTeX2e multicols' environment?

No. If one was obvious the authors of multicols would have

>I am typesetting a paper using the multicol package (Abstract is full
>width, rest of paper is in two columns expect for a few large figures)

This layout can be done with the regular [twocolumn] option… You should not give the [twocolumn] style option, but instead give the \twocolumn command directly with the title and abstract in its optional argument. But there is a trick you have to play:

\document style|class {article}
..
\begin{document}

\twocolumn[
\begin{@twocolumnfalse}

\maketitle
\begin{abstract}
...
\end{abstract}

\end{@twocolumnfalse}`

### Figure floats in multicol

1. Do you have to use multicols? You could try \twocolumn[your single column title/abstract here] two column stuff afterwards
2. If you use multicols then putting figures/tables in minipages is the way to go, but also use the ccaption package for your captions inside the minipage. This gives appropriately numbered captions that you can \label. ccaption is on CTAN in tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/supported.

Peter W.