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While inside a table, it seems impossible to use Ctrl+Enter in order to start a new line in the same column. So if I have, for example, a column name "veni, vidi, vici" and I don't want it to be so wide, I would be able to write it:


one word under the other. Anybody knows how to do it with LyX?


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You need to give the column where you want to do this a fixed width — right-click the cell, select More | Settings and in the pop-up dialogue enter a reasonable value in width. I have, for your example, set it to 2 cm.

If you have Lyx ≥ 2.0.4, you can just type Enter now.

Otherwise, without space, Insert | Tex Code right after veni. In the field that appears, type \linebreak with, importantly, a space after the box. Repeat the same for vidi. The job should be done.


Using \newline as suggested by @Vitaly also allows new lines, but indents the last line and moves off the center:

LyX_2 PDF_2

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Also a \newline can be used. A quite similar question was asked here: newline in table cell

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\newline distorts the alignment of the three words – vaettchen Oct 19 '12 at 12:03
Spot on;) Interestingly, it works even without LaTeX command inserted. Simple Return does the job in LyX 2.0.4 after the column width is set to be fixed. – Vitaly Oct 19 '12 at 12:19
-> @ Vitaly: Should have checked that first... - with simple Return, alignment remains intact, so clearly the best choice, if the OP has LyX 2.0.4 or better – vaettchen Oct 19 '12 at 12:43
Interesting... I tried Enter at first but it won't work. I have LyX 2.0.0. It's good to know they added this simple option... Thank you! – Chandrasekhar Oct 19 '12 at 22:15

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