# Table column with unwanted spacing

I have a table with two columns.

\begin{table}[ht]
\begin{tabular}{|p{12cm}|p{4cm}|}
\hline
\textbf{Company} & \textbf{Contact} \\
\hline
Company produces advanced product systems compatible with a range of blah, blah, and blah used on this and that & Company\\
& 1234\\
& First Street\\
& Troy, New York 12180\\
& USA\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}


The way I have set it out the second column has a blank line which is set by the size of my first column, as you may see in the image below. How can I avoid this?

• Do you want the second column to be wider or do you want the first column to be narrow and wrap the text? – dustin Jun 17 '13 at 4:14
• I am happy with the size of the columns. What is want is to remove the space between 'company' and the next line '1234' in the second column. I want them to be directly ontop of each other without a space – Cole Jun 17 '13 at 4:20

## 2 Answers

You mean something like (add \usepackage{multirow} in the preamble)?

\begin{table}[ht]
\begin{tabular}{|p{12cm}|p{4cm}|}
\hline
\textbf{Company} & \textbf{Contact} \\
\hline
\multirow{5}{12cm}{Company produces advanced product systems compatible with a range of blah, blah, and blah used on this and that} & Company\\
& 1234\\
& First Street\\
& Troy, New York 12180\\
& USA\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}


or (multirow is not needed)

\begin{table}[ht]
\begin{tabular}{|p{12cm}|p{4cm}|}
\hline
\textbf{Company} & \textbf{Contact} \\
\hline
Company produces advanced product systems compatible with a range of blah, blah, and blah used on this and that & Company%
\newline 1234%
\newline First Street%
\newline Troy, New York 12180%
\newline USA\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

• Yea, this is what I want....but can I have the text in the first column at the top (i.e., not centered)? – Cole Jun 17 '13 at 4:32
• @Cole see the update – karlkoeller Jun 17 '13 at 4:35

Depending on your tabular design, you can nest the right-hand column entries:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\begin{tabular}{|p{8cm}|l|}
\hline
\textbf{Company} & \textbf{Contact} \\
\hline
Company produces advanced product systems compatible with a range of blah, blah, and blah used on this and that &
\begin{tabular}[t]{@{}p{4cm}@{}}
Company \\ 1234 \\ First Street \\ Troy, New York 12180 \\ USA
\end{tabular} \\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{document}


Make sure that the right-hand, nested tabular has a [t]op-aligned anchor.