I have a longtable setup where to save space, I have to make a column title multi-line and its contents centered while being applied with custom width.

Out of the three I have only successfully applied a custom width because adding \\ or inserting another table inside the column header did not achieve multi-line and c{Xcm} is not permitted for centering a column's contents.

% centering column values
\begin{longtable}{c l l ... }
    % tried to use but does not work
    ... { c{1cm} l l ... }

% long title needs to multi-line, both do not work
\multicolumn{1}{|p{3cm}|}{\textbf{Long Title\\Long Title}} 

        \textbf{Long Title}\\
        \textbf{Long Title}

The situation above is demonstrated in the table on the left but what I want is the one on the right - multi-lined title, centered and compact values of rows.


I have the sample document in WriteLaTeX.

1 Answer 1


You can load array package and define a new column:


and use it like C{2cm}. Adjust the dimensions 2cm as you wish.




\title{Your Paper}

\caption[Feasible triples for a highly variable Grid]{Feasible triples for
highly variable Grid, MLMMH.} \label{grid_mlmmh} \\

\textbf{Long Time Title} &
\multicolumn{1}{c|}{\textbf{Triple chosen}} &
\multicolumn{1}{c|}{\textbf{Other feasible triples}} \\ \hline

{{\bfseries \tablename\ \thetable{} -- continued from previous page}} \\
\textbf{Long Time Title} &
\multicolumn{1}{c|}{\textbf{Triple chosen}} &
\multicolumn{1}{c|}{\textbf{Other feasible triples}} \\ \hline

\hline \multicolumn{3}{|r|}{{Continued on next page}} \\ \hline

\hline \hline

Your data & again and again \\


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If you want vertical alignment, use


Note m{#1} instead of p{#1}.

This will give

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Further, if bottom alignment is need, use b{#1}:

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  • Thank you! How do I vertically center "Triple chosen" as seen in the picture though? Oct 13, 2013 at 13:31
  • @thekalaban See the update. Is it like that?
    – user11232
    Oct 13, 2013 at 13:36

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