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I want to create a table and to make all cells of a column emphasized. Is there a simple way to do it, or do I have to emphasize every single cell?

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For rows please look at Make first row of table all bold; for columns a related post is Can I set the format of an entire column except for the header?. – Hendrik Vogt Mar 2 '11 at 14:31
up vote 18 down vote accepted

>{..} defines what to do before the cell



\begin{tabular}{c >{\em}c c}
foo & bar & baz

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The answers was perfect!! I really was looking for this to make the first row bold. THANKS!!!! Alex – user15254 Jun 4 '12 at 1:55
For this to work you need to \usepackage{array}. Otherwise you might get an "Error: Illegal character in array arg." – benroth Jul 19 at 14:48
the reason why I used this package ... ;-) – Herbert Jul 19 at 17:53

Just worth adding to @Herbert's answer, that you can also make an entire column bold with >{\bfseries}, used in exactly the same way as he uses >{\em}. The meaning of bfseries is discussed in detail here.

As stated in the comments here, you can use \normalfont{} to unbold the column header.

    \begin{tabular}{>{\bfseries}l l}
        \normalfont{foo} & bar \\
        foo & baz \\
        bar & qux \\

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