A \newline B & C \newline D & E \\ 


I tried creating a table as shown in the above MWE, the table is longer than 1 page and its not going to the second page, part of the table is cut off at the bottom.

I tried using \begin{longtable} in place of \begin{tabular} and it gave me error. am I doing anything wrong, can I not use \newline to force line break within a cell in \longtable environment?

  • You can't break a cell across pages; page breaks are allowed only between table rows.
    – egreg
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 13:19
  • @egreg: I think OP wants to add a newline in a row and not force it to span multiple pages. However I find it hard to believe that that tabular spans more than half a page.
    – ted
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 13:30
  • @AKU: Can you give a complete MWE, that is compilable (with preamble)?
    – ted
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 13:30

1 Answer 1


When you say you tried \begin{longtable}, did you also put \usepackage{longtable} in your preamble? What was the error it gave?

With \usepackage{longtable} in the preamble it gives the expected output, something like

A     |C     |E
B     |D     |

and no errors.

  • 3
    This is not an answer; please use the comments when asking for more information.
    – egreg
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 13:41
  • I can now, but I only had 41 rep before so couldn't. Also, \usepackage{longtable} might have been the fix the OP was looking for, so though worded as a question it was meant as a tentative answer.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 14:20
  • chris - you are right, I thought I included \usepackage{longtable} but it was not there. sorry to miss the obvious and post question here in Panic. Thanks for your help
    – Aku
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 18:33
  • Aku, no problem - I thought it was worth suggesting the easy thing first.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jul 26, 2013 at 8:09

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