# Avoiding breaks in vertical bars in a tabular environment

I'm having problems defining the width of a vertical line. I want those 2 lines in the pic to join:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\begin{tabular}{r|p{11cm}}
\ {Feb, 2014 - } & Master Thesis Student \\
\ {Present} & \emph{INEB, Porto}\\
& \footnotesize{"Exploring degradable Gatg Dendrimers as Nucleic Acid Vectors Targeted to the Nervous System"}\\
\multicolumn{2}{c}{} \\

\vspace{0.5em}

%------------------------------------------------

\ {Feb, 2013 - } & Intern \\
\ {Jul, 2013} & \emph{Stockholm University, Sweden}\\
& \footnotesize{Developed bachelor thesis at the Center for Biomembrane Research during an Erasmus Programme. "Production of secretory proteins in the periplasm of \textit{E. Coli}"}\\
\multicolumn{2}{c}{} \\
...
\end{tabular}
\end{document}


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\vspace inside a table cell is added after the current row. Use the optional argument of \\ for additional space between rows:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\begin{tabular}{r|p{9cm}}
Feb, 2014 -- & Master Thesis Student \\
Present & \emph{INEB, Porto}\\
& \footnotesize
Exploring degradable Gatg Dendrimers as Nucleic Acid Vectors Targeted
to the Nervous System''\\
\multicolumn{2}{c}{} \\[.5em]
Feb, 2013 -- & Intern \\
Jul, 2013 & \emph{Stockholm University, Sweden}\\
& \footnotesize
Developed bachelor thesis at the Center for Biomembrane Research during
an Erasmus Programme. Production of secretory proteins in the periplasm
of \textit{E. Coli}''\\
\multicolumn{2}{c}{} \\
\end{tabular}
\end{document}


The current version uses a dummy \multicolumn to get space without the vertical line. This can be replaced by a "pure" space via \noalign:

... & \emph{INEB, Porto}\\
\noalign{\vspace{1.7em}}
Feb, 2013 -- & ...


This space gets removed at page breaks if a longtable is used. Example:

\documentclass{article}

% Add frame to show the page layout and decrease height to get a page break
\usepackage[pass,showframe]{geometry}
\setlength{\textheight}{.1\textheight}

\usepackage{longtable}

\begin{document}
\begin{longtable}{r|p{9cm}}
Feb, 2014 -- & Master Thesis Student \\* % star form: no page break
Present & \emph{INEB, Porto}\\*
& \footnotesize
Exploring degradable Gatg Dendrimers as Nucleic Acid Vectors Targeted
to the Nervous System''\\
\noalign{\vspace{1.7em}}
Feb, 2013 -- & Intern \\*
Jul, 2013 & \emph{Stockholm University, Sweden}\\*
& \footnotesize
Developed bachelor thesis at the Center for Biomembrane Research during
an Erasmus Programme. Production of secretory proteins in the periplasm
of \textit{E. Coli}''
\end{longtable}
\end{document}


Further remarks:

• \footnotesize is a fonts size command that does not take an argument. If you want to limit its scope, a local group can be used:

{\footnotesize Smaller font} Normal font


A table cell in LaTeX implicitly puts the contents in a group, thus explicit group braces are not needed.

• I have fixed the quotation marks: In English  and '' can be used. TeX converts them to the right quotation marks.

• Usually the en dash -- is used for ranges in opposite to the smaller hyphen -.

• I have removed the unclear \ {...}.

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Very much appreciated! – Jay Apr 6 '14 at 16:48