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Chapter 6. Mastering Floats > 6.1. Understanding float parameters

6.1. Understanding float parameters

Floats are often problematic in the present version of LaTeX, because the system was developed at a time when documents contained considerably less graphical material than they do today. Placing floats (tables and figures) works relatively well as long as the space they occupy is not too large compared with the space taken up by the text. If a lot of floating material (pictures or tables) is present, however, then it is often the case that all material from a certain point onward floats to the end of the chapter or document. If this effect is not desired, you can periodically issue a \clearpage command, which will print all unprocessed floats. You can also try to fine-tune the float style parameters for a given document or use a package that allows you to always print a table or figure where it appears in the document. In the list below “float” stands for a table or a figure and a “float page” is a page that contains only floats and no text. Changes to most of the parameters will only take effect on the next page (not the current one).


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