I want to create a table and to make all cells of a column emphasized. Is there a simple way to do it, or do I have to emphasize every single cell?


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>{..} defines what to do before the cell

\usepackage{array}% for extended column definitions    

\begin{tabular}{c >{\em}c c}
foo & bar & baz


Just worth adding to @Herbert's answer, that you can also make an entire column bold with >{\bfseries}, used in exactly the same way as he uses >{\em}. The meaning of bfseries is discussed in detail here.

As stated in the comments here, you can use \normalfont{} to unbold the column header.

    \begin{tabular}{>{\bfseries}l l}
        \normalfont{foo} & bar \\
        foo & baz \\
        bar & qux \\

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  • This answers only the emphasis of columns. But how to emphasize an entire row?
    – normanius
    Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 14:26
  • Why does \textbf not work, but \bfseries does?
    – user32882
    Commented Apr 19, 2022 at 7:47
  • Also @normanius did you find out how to emphasize the row?
    – user32882
    Commented Apr 19, 2022 at 7:47

A very elementary addon but I was unable to find this elsewhere online and it may save someone a few minutes of head-scratching: you can add multiple styles to each line with a space:

\begin{tabular}{|c |>{\huge \bfseries}c |}
\multicolumn{2}{|c|}{Using multiple styles on a column}\\
normal & bold and huge\\
0 & 0\\
1 & 1\\

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Thanks for helping and answering. Useful to read: [How do I write a good answer?].(tex.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer)
    – Bobyandbob
    Commented Nov 11, 2017 at 23:13
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    How is this differing from the accepted answer?
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 6:47
  • @Johannes_B Only the \huge as far as I can see, should we mark it as not an answer (comment)?
    – CarLaTeX
    Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 8:17
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    The idea of this answer is to show how to add 2 styles to a column, a concept for which I did not find another immediate answer. If this does not meet the standards of an answer feel free to delete it I was just trying to be helpful Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 15:53

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