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A while ago I had a question about having multi-line strings in a table cell ( http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/3748/in-cell-newlines-in-tabular-environments).

I remember seeing it working but I've just tried to use it again and ... \newline did nothing.

A test LaTeX source is below, which, despite the \newline commands, it did not split the cells on multiple lines:

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    \begin{tabular}{@{}l l l l@{}}
           & \textbf{Foo} & {\textbf{Bar}} & \textbf{Baz} \\
            \textbf{Single line} & foo1 foo2 & bar1 bar2 & baz1 baz2 \\
            \textbf{Multiline} & foo1 \newline foo2 & bar1 \newline bar2 & baz1 \newline baz2 \\
    \caption {\small{bla bla}}\label{my-label}

Thanks in advance.

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Far from minimal example, and nothing to do with booktabs. – Lev Bishop Oct 18 '10 at 3:52
I put the packages that I thought might influence it (and thought booktabs was used since it's imported). Sorry about \vspace, I missed it when editing the real table. – wishihadabettername Oct 18 '10 at 4:08
You should have tried which of the packages influence it before posting the question... – Jukka Suomela Oct 18 '10 at 12:21
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Use tabular p specifier instead of l.

\begin{tabular}{@{}l p{2cm}p{3cm}p{3cm}@{}}
    & \textbf{Foo} & {\textbf{Bar}} & \textbf{Baz} \\
    \textbf{Single line} & foo1 foo2 & bar1 bar2 & baz1 baz2 \\
    \textbf{Multiline} & foo1 \newline foo2 & bar1 \newline bar2 & baz1 \newline baz2 \\
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it doesn't work. I had tried it before posting, I got "Missing number, treated as zero" on the line declaring the table header.My tabular declaration was \begin{tabular}{@{}p p p p@{}} – wishihadabettername Oct 18 '10 at 4:09
The format is p{length}. Minimal example attached. – Lev Bishop Oct 18 '10 at 4:17
Thank you, Lev. – wishihadabettername Oct 18 '10 at 11:31

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