# Left aligning without extra space between words in tables

Here is the illustrating code:

\documentclass[letterpaper, 10pt]{article}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage[none]{hyphenat}
\begin{document}

\begin{center}
\begin{tabular}{|m{4.5cm}|m{1.2cm}<{\centering}|m{8cm}|c|}
\hline
\centering \textbf{Course Name} & \centering \textbf{Date} & \centering \textbf{Textbook} & \centering \textbf{Grade} \tabularnewline \hline

C Programming Language \& Lab & 09/2009 - 12/2009 & Brian W. Kernighan, and Dennis M. Ritchie, \textit{The C Programming Language}, 2nd ed. ISBN:9780131103627 & 89 \\ \hline

Integrative Practice on Courses & 07/2011 & LUPA, \textit{Linux Software Engineer}, ISBN:9787030199645 & 87 \\ \hline
\end{tabular}
\end{center}

\end{document}


As shown in the PDF generated, there are too much space between some words because I disabled automatic hyphenation. I'd like to leave only single space between words, without justify align.

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Welcome to TeX.sx! Your post was migrated here from Stack Overflow. Please register on this site, too, and make sure that both accounts are associated with each other (by using the same OpenID), otherwise you won't be able to comment on or accept answers or edit your question. –  Werner Dec 19 '12 at 17:08

You can use a \raggedright alignment for the columns of interest:

\documentclass[letterpaper, 10pt]{article}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}% http://ctan.org/pkg/geometry
\usepackage{array}% http://ctan.org/pkg/array
\usepackage[none]{hyphenat}% http://ctan.org/pkg/hyphenat
\begin{document}

\begin{center}
\begin{tabular}{|m{4.5cm}|m{1.2cm}<{\centering}|m{8cm}|c|}
\hline
\centering \textbf{Course Name} & \centering \textbf{Date} & \centering \textbf{Textbook} & \centering \textbf{Grade} \tabularnewline
\hline
C Programming Language \& Lab & 09/2009 - 12/2009 &
Brian W. Kernighan, and Dennis M. Ritchie, \textit{The C Programming Language}, 2nd ed. ISBN:9780131103627 & 89 \\
\hline
Integrative Practice on Courses & 07/2011 & LUPA, \textit{Linux Software Engineer}, ISBN:9787030199645 & 87 \\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{center}

\begin{center}
\begin{tabular}{|>{\raggedright}m{4.5cm}|>{\centering}m{1.2cm}|>{\raggedright}m{8cm}|c|}
\hline
\centering \textbf{Course Name} & \centering \textbf{Date} & \centering \textbf{Textbook} & \centering \textbf{Grade} \tabularnewline
\hline
C Programming Language \& Lab & 09/2009 - 12/2009 &
Brian W. Kernighan, and Dennis M. Ritchie, \textit{The C Programming Language}, 2nd ed. ISBN:9780131103627 & 89 \\
\hline
Integrative Practice on Courses & 07/2011 & LUPA, \textit{Linux Software Engineer}, ISBN:9787030199645 & 87 \\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{center}

\end{document}

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Thank you! Just one more question, what are the ">""<"'s used for? –  goldfrapp04 Dec 19 '12 at 10:54
@goldfrapp04: >{<stuff>} is used to insert <stuff> before each cell entry in that column, while <{<stuff>} inserts <stuff> after each cell entry. Read p 2 of the array documentation. –  Werner Dec 19 '12 at 15:11