# Preventing Latex Figures from Expanding to the Whole Column

Jeffrey P. Bigham

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I write most of my academic papers in Latex and have run into a myriad of problems. The one today relates to Latex's annoying habit of giving a figure the whole column when its height greater than half of the column. I think it does this in an effort to improve the look of the final page, but it's annoying when you have a page limit to worry about.

I had this problem today and found that I could get around it by using the [h] modifier after the \begin{figure} command. It was suggested by Anna and it worked. Your mileage may vary.


\begin{figure}[h]
\centering
\includegraphics[width=80mm]{chatbot-window}
\caption{An example conversation with a chatbot produced by a workshop participant.}
\label{fig:chatbot-window}
\end{figure}