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Jan 10

Creating Multiple Columns Easily in LaTeX

There is a really easy way to create and control the number of columns you have in any LaTeX document.  To create multiple columns in a latex document, use the following package (in your preamble)

\usepackage{multicol}

Then whenever you want to make columns in your document, use the following code:

\begin{multicols}{5}
\end{multicols}

where 5 can be changed to any number to create that many columns! For example, to create a three column layout, use this:

\begin{multicols}{3}
\end{multicols}

The only down side to this is that LaTeX fills the columns as it sees fit. This doesn’t give you any control about, for example, what is at the top of column 2.  To fix this, you can use the \columnbreak command to force a column to end at that point.

Enjoy!

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