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\section{Section Title} %label{8.4.47}
\subsection*{Some note on Section}
Heading 1 & Heading 2 & Heading 3  & Heading 4 \\
Text 1  & Text 2 & A\textsuperscript {6/1} B\textsuperscript {5/1} C\textsuperscript {1/2}  D\textsuperscript {7/1} (E + F)\textsuperscript{8.4.46} (G + H)\textsuperscript{8.4.45} Some more text\textsuperscript{6.1.72} \\

In the above table |p{3cm} is making the columns justified. I get some unwanted space between the characters, is there a way to make it align to the left, if the text does not fit in a line either put a "-" and continue to next line or simply start from a new line.

Also can I post my code with Unicode characters?

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You can post on this site in Unicode just fine: şéê? If you want to know about Unicode in TeX, that's also possible; there have been a number of questions here about doing just that. And in general, if you have a specific question about this site, you should ask it over at meta. – Antal Spector-Zabusky Dec 18 '10 at 18:48

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You could use the array package and let it insert \raggedright commands. A comfortable way is to define a new column type:


Now just use P instead of p to get left justified p columns.

Instead of \raggedright, you could also use the enhanced command \RaggedRight of the ragged2e package, which allows hyphenation. Further \arraybackslash, which restores the behavior of \ (changed by \raggedright), is no longer needed.

So, my preferred way would be


I'm further inserting \hspace{0pt} because otherwise there could be hyphenation problems: TeX doesn't hyphenate the first word in a box. Inserting zero space works around that.

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I am very new to Tex and still do not know how to implement your solution. – Aku Dec 18 '10 at 17:42
@Aku: just add my code lines to your preamble (either the 2 line at the beginning or the variant with 2 lines). Then change your tabular definition to use the capital P: \begin{tabular}{P{2cm}|P{4cm}|P{3cm}|P{3cm}}. – Stefan Kottwitz Dec 18 '10 at 17:48
Is it possible to make this work with tabularx as well? If I do exactly the same in a tabularx the text simply stays left aligned. I need a tabularx because I want my table to have a flexible column, maintaining exactly 100% text width overall. – bluenote10 Aug 9 at 15:13

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