# Tabular, make a column or a row emphasized

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

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{array}% for extended column definitions
\begin{document}

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

\end{document}

• 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
• 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{table}
\begin{tabular}{>{\bfseries}l l}
\toprule
\normalfont{foo} & bar \\
\midrule
foo & baz \\
bar & qux \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}


• 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 |}
\hline
\multicolumn{2}{|c|}{Using multiple styles on a column}\\
\hline
normal & bold and huge\\
\hline
0 & 0\\
\hline
1 & 1\\
\hline
\end{tabular}


• 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
• 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