Are there any decent alternatives to xcolor if I want to colour cells in a table? I want to highlight certain cells depending on my data, but not entire rows or columns.

I'm using Knitr and am having consistent problems with xcolor when I use the chunk option dev=tikz so would rather just avoid xcolor altogether.

Any suggestions appreciated.

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    xcolor doesn't really colour tables, it just includes colortbl if you use the table option, so you can use colortbl and the standard color package (although I don't understand your comment about xcolor) Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 8:45

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You don't have to use xcolor to color cells of a table. Just load the package colortbl.


\usepackage{colortbl} %use in the preamble


H1           & H2       & H3 \\\hline
\cellcolor{red} I am colored & I am not & \cellcolor{green} I too am\\\hline

  • How do you automatically colour all cells on the third column containing negative numbers?
    – skan
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 20:28
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    @skan Dated, but see if this addresses the column color matter. Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 21:17

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