# Text alignment on top with multirow command

\begin{table}[!h]
\centering
\caption{Titel}
\resizebox{.95\columnwidth}{!}{%
\begin{tabular}{p{4.5cm}p{10cm}p{3.5cm}}
\hline
Name & \multicolumn{2}{p{\textwidth-3\tabcolsep-\widthof{test}-2\fboxrule}}
{long_title which goes over two coloums}\\
\hline
Explanation & \multicolumn{2}{p{\textwidth-3\tabcolsep-\widthof{test}-2\fboxrule}}
{Explanation which goes over two coloums}\\
\hline
\multirow{3}{*}{Targets}
& Target 1 is long text with two lines & not reached\\
\cline{2-3}
& Target 2 & reached\\
\cline{2-3}
& Target 3 & reached\\
\hline

\end{tabular}%
}
\label{tab:test}%
\end{table}%


I hope this photo helps to understand my problem:

I would like to align the text "Targets" on the top of the cell, like the second table. I'm sure this must be simple to do, but I can't seem to put my finger on it.

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Do i have to use something else than the "*" ? –  newbie_Tex Sep 25 '12 at 13:18
This seems like the opposite of your problem, it may help you: stackoverflow.com/questions/1910478/… –  NoxHarmonium Sep 25 '12 at 13:23
What if the reason of using multirow is you want top alignment, but also splitting over multiple rows. Then you can't just leave multirow out of play, because then you get a white line in following columns next to the multiple lined text. (Hope I am making myself a bit clear here) –  Tomc Dec 24 '12 at 11:40

## migrated from stackoverflow.comSep 25 '12 at 20:40

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Using \multirow (from the multirow package) pushes the contents down to the middle of 3 rows. Instead just drop the use of \multirow to have the cell top-aligned:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}% http://ctan.org/pkg/graphicx
%\usepackage{multirow}% http://ctan.org/pkg/multirow
\usepackage{calc}% http://ctan.org/pkg/calc
\begin{document}
\begin{table}[!ht]
\centering
\caption{Titel}
\resizebox{.95\columnwidth}{!}{%
\begin{tabular}{p{4.5cm}p{10cm}p{3.5cm}}
\hline
Name & \multicolumn{2}{p{\textwidth-3\tabcolsep-\widthof{test}-2\fboxrule}}
{long title which goes over two columns}\\
\hline
Explanation & \multicolumn{2}{p{\textwidth-3\tabcolsep-\widthof{test}-2\fboxrule}}
{Explanation which goes over two columns}\\
\hline
Targets % Don't use \multirow{4}{*}{Targets} here
& Target 1 is long text with two lines exactly like this spans two lines & not reached\\
\cline{2-3}
& Target 2 & reached\\
\cline{2-3}
& Target 3 & reached\\
\hline
\end{tabular}%
}
\label{tab:test}%
\end{table}
\end{document}

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Instead of specifying the widths of the columns explicitly use the l specifier (which may require the array package). An example of its usage would be the following

\begin{center}
\begin{tabular}{ | l | l | l | p{5cm} |}
\hline
Day & Min Temp & Max Temp & Summary \\ \hline
Monday & 11C & 22C & A clear day with lots of sunshine.
However, the strong breeze will bring down the temperatures. \\ \hline
Tuesday & 9C & 19C & Cloudy with rain, across many northern regions. Clear spells
across most of Scotland and Northern Ireland,
but rain reaching the far northwest. \\ \hline
Wednesday & 10C & 21C & Rain will still linger for the morning.
Conditions will improve by early afternoon and continue
throughout the evening. \\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{center}


this will provide an output like this

Note the top alignment of all columns.

I hope this helps.

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thank you for the try, but there is a reason why i have the widths –  newbie_Tex Sep 25 '12 at 13:38
Since you did not change the example at all, it will be nice if you mention in your answer that you got the example from wikibooks or some other place. –  mythealias Dec 25 '12 at 11:19
\multirow{3}{*}{Targets\\ \phantom{.}}