# how to fix the width of the columns in the latex table?

I have a table with long heading names. I want to fix the the width of the columns. When I do so the text flows out if the column. Any suggestion about fixing it.

Here is the example

\begin{table*}[ht]
\begin{tabular}{|l|r|r|r|r|r|}
\hline
Image & Score  & here is a lot of text & agian a lot &a lot and a lot& and the same here\\ \hline
a $$left$$ & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1  \\ \hline
b $$right$$&  1 &1 & 1 & 1 & 1  \\
\end{tabular}

\end{table*}

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Welcome to TeX.SE. You can use the p{<width>} column type, and use a \parbox for the table content. It would be helpful if you composed a fully compilable MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass and the appropriate packages as that will help to ensure that the solution actually solves your specific case. –  Peter Grill Apr 6 '12 at 19:00
@peter, thanks , this \parbox will be used with every cell's content? –  Shan Apr 6 '12 at 19:01
Better if you compose a small example, and then we can show you how to use it. –  Peter Grill Apr 6 '12 at 19:02
@peter, here is an example –  Shan Apr 6 '12 at 19:12

Here is an example of using the p{} column type, or wrapping the contents in a \parbox:

For your specific example, since you want the data columns aligned as per the table heading you could use something like:

\newcommand*{\TitleParbox}[1]{\parbox[c]{1.75cm}{\raggedright #1}}%
\begin{tabular}{|l|r|r|r|r|r|}
\hline
Image & Score  & \parbox[c]{1.5cm}{\raggedright here is a lot of text} & \TitleParbox{again a lot} &\TitleParbox{a lot and a lot}& \TitleParbox{and the same here}\\ \hline
a $$left$$ & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1  \\ \hline
b $$right$$&  1 &1 & 1 & 1 & 1  \\  \hline
\end{tabular}


which yields:

## Notes:

• The showframe package was used to show the margins on the page.

## Code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{showframe}

\newcommand*{\TitleInParbox}{\parbox[c]{0.3\linewidth}{\Title}}%

\begin{document}
\section{Tabular with left alignment}
\noindent
\begin{tabular}{lll}
\Title & \Title & \Title
\end{tabular}

\section{Using the p\{\} column type:}
\noindent
\begin{tabular}{p{0.3\linewidth} p{0.3\linewidth} p{0.3\linewidth}}
\Title & \Title & \Title
\end{tabular}

\section{Using a parbox:}
\noindent
\begin{tabular}{lll}
\TitleInParbox & \TitleInParbox & \TitleInParbox
\end{tabular}
\end{document}

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