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?


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

\usepackage{array}% for extended column definitions    

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

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    For this to work you need to \usepackage{array}. Otherwise you might get an "Error: Illegal character in array arg." – benroth Jul 19 '16 at 14:48
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    the reason why I used this package ... ;-) – user2478 Jul 19 '16 at 17:53

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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  • Similarly, \itshape is preferred in LaTeX over the legacy \em from TeX. (just like how \bf is deprecated in favor of \bfseries) – TedPavlic Sep 21 '17 at 19:27

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\\

enter image description here

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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 Nov 11 '17 at 23:13
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    How is this differing from the accepted answer? – Johannes_B Nov 12 '17 at 6:47
  • @Johannes_B Only the \huge as far as I can see, should we mark it as not an answer (comment)? – CarLaTeX Nov 12 '17 at 8:17
  • 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 – Uzebeckatrente Nov 12 '17 at 15:53

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