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The minipage environment is similar to a \parbox command. It takes the same optional position argument and mandatory width argument. You may use other paragraph-making environments such as the list-making and tabular environments inside a minipage. You can also use the minipage environment or \parbox command to put one or more paragraphs inside of a picture environment or as a table item, for example.

There is no paragraph indentation in the minipage environment. That is, LaTeX sets \parindent to zero; however, you may override this with a \setlength command.

Footnotes in a minipage environment are handled in a way that is particularly useful for putting footnotes in figures or tables. A \footnote command puts the footnote at the bottom of the minipage instead of at the bottom of the page, and it uses the mpfootnote counter instead of the ordinary footnote counter. If you want the footnote in a minipage environment to be placed at the bottom of the actual page, in the usual fashion, use the \footnotemark and \footnotetext commands.

Note: if you put one minipage inside another and if you are using footnotes, they may wind up at the bottom of the wrong minipage.

See also Environments, Spaces and Boxes
See also \parbox
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Revised: Sheldon Green, 22Nov 1995.