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I have a tabular, say \begin{tabular}{ccc}. While adding a new line to a cell, I want both resulting lines to be horizontally centered. Is there an elegant solution to this? If not is there a solution to this?

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How about using \shortstack inside a cell?

\documentclass{article}

\begin{document} 
\begin{tabular}{ccc}
    one & two & three \\
    one & two & \shortstack{a \\ bb \\ c}\\
\end{tabular}
\end{document}
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Well, this worked like a charm, why didn't I see anyone mentioning this before? Simple, straightforward solution. –  nimcap Dec 20 '11 at 15:55
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+1 for \shortstack. –  Philipp Dec 20 '11 at 16:11
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+1 And to align the content, use \shortstack[r]{...} (r = right align, l = left align, c = center align). –  Rob W May 14 '12 at 10:52
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Very cool, thanks! –  sharky Jul 17 '12 at 7:58
    
How to vertically align the content using \shortstack? –  hengxin Oct 26 '13 at 6:28
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If you want the cells to be centered horizontally as well as vertically I suggest the following solution:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\newcommand{\bigcell}[2]{\begin{tabular}{@{}#1@{}}#2\end{tabular}}

\begin{document} 

\begin{tabular}{ccc}
\toprule
a & \bigcell{c}{this schould be a longer line \\ this is a shorter one} & c \\ 
\midrule
 0,9892 & 0,9892 & 0,9892  \\
\end{tabular}

\end{document}
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Another way I discovered is to use matrix. Not as simple as Christian's answer but provides vertical alignment along columns.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}

\begin{document} 
\begin{tabular}{ccc}
    one & two & three \\
    one & two & $\begin{matrix} \text{a} \\ \text{bb} \\ text{c} \end{matrix}$ \\
\end{tabular}
\end{document}
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