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I want to have one line of text with black background and the text in white. The line is alone and so it can be one paragraph.

I would like the coloration for the full width of the line and not only for the text.

The solution must work inside one minipage.

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Is the line going to be a separate paragraph, or do you want to colour a single line in a larger paragraph? – Jake Dec 8 '11 at 12:06
Indeed, the line will be alone. – projetmbc Dec 8 '11 at 12:07
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You can use a combination of \colorbox:



                     {\makebox[\linewidth][l]{\strut #1}}%
\mylineI{Text Text Text Text}

\mylineII{Text Text Text Text}

\myline{Text Text Text Text}

EDIT: The second command uses the package adjustbox. So you have some extra options.

Of course the code can be extended width extra spacing and \xspace.

enter image description here

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Thanks but this coloration is only for the text and not for the whole line... I've updated my question. – projetmbc Dec 8 '11 at 12:16
@projetmbc: I edited my answer and now using makebox. – Marco Daniel Dec 8 '11 at 12:25
Is there a way to minimize the spacing before the text ? – projetmbc Dec 8 '11 at 12:30
@projetmbc: Do you mean the space inside the black line? I used \par to create a new line. You can manipulate this. – Marco Daniel Dec 8 '11 at 12:36
Your second command looks better for my purpose. That's great ! – projetmbc Dec 8 '11 at 13:17

How about this?


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A new environment to do the equivalent is


which will give the same result with


Note that this leads to an overfull box if unless \setlength\fboxsep{0pt} is used before it. With that, the output looks like

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Sorry, I've forgotten to indicate that I'll use this formatting in one minipage... – projetmbc Dec 8 '11 at 12:31
@MarkS.Everitt: You forgot some % and width \textwidth you created an overfull box. You must substrate the \fboxsep of \colorbox. – Marco Daniel Dec 8 '11 at 12:37
@MarcoDaniel: Yeah, noticed that, and fixed now. – qubyte Dec 8 '11 at 12:42
Eek, no. Still overfull... – qubyte Dec 8 '11 at 12:50
@MarkS.Everitt: Please see my answer (\dimexpr). Your second code uses a savebox. So you allows breaks. – Marco Daniel Dec 8 '11 at 12:55

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