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In attempting to apply an alternate table row coloring (using xcolor) in a longtable, one confronts, sooner or later, problems in compiling a PDF. In xcolor's documentation it is clearly stated, under Known Issues, that \rowcolors[\hline]... does not work with longtable.

Within tex.SE, various solutions address the issue of alternate row coloring of normal tables, i.e. How to create alternating rows in a table? A nice way for auto-alternate row-coloring every table is posted at Coloring every alternate table row (see Addendum in the end of the post).

However, there is no direct question & answer referring to the combined use of xcolor's \rowcolors command & longtable. Moreover, searching the web for work-arounds, at least one solution, involves the use of longtable and colortbl.

Is there a way to use, within LyX, the \rowcolors (set of) command(s) provided by xcolor within longtable?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Adapting the solution given in the Addendum of the post Coloring every alternate table row worked just fine! It was as simple as substituting tabular with longtable.

A working example

In LyX' Preamble, watch out for the % alternate rowcolors for all long-tables part of the code:


% define lightgray

% alternate rowcolors for all tables

% alternate rowcolors for all long-tables
\renewenvironment{longtable}{\rowcolors{2}{white}{lightgray}\oldlongtable} {

% Tables

% scale tables

% rulers for tabs

In the main body construct a longtable using LyX' own longtable capacity:

Right click within a row of a table > More... > Settings > Longtable (tab) > Activate Use long table.

Example screenshots

An alt-rowcolored longtable with (reputation-aly ranked) tex.se user-names

Avoiding (grey-)coloring of the longtable-footer, can be done by explicitly instructing \rowcolor{white} or using multiple \cellcolor{white} commands in the respective row (well, the first one of the table).

An alt-rowcolored longtable with (reputation-aly ranked) tex.se user-names, white footers

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Also, both the \show- and \hiderowcolors commands work perfectly as showed in tex.stackexchange.com/q/61127/8272 – Nikos Alexandris Jun 30 '12 at 11:41

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