# Table with width assignment

I am trying to create a matrix in texmaker when using the wizard-->quick tabular i get a table, but I want to have equal spacing between the columns , so at the option i choose fixed column width when i see the code I noticed that

%\usepackage{array} is required


so i place it the pre-amble and hit compile but it doesnot allow me to compile it and goes into a never ending loop

\documentclass[authoryear,preprint,review,12pt]{elsarticle}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{amsthm}
\usepackage{mathtools}

\begin{document}

\begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|c|c|}
\hline
• & \multicolumn{4}{c|}{location} \\
\hline
• & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 \\
\hline
Average & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
Average measure& • & • & • & • \\
\hline
A & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
B & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
C & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
D & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
E & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
\end{tabular}

\end{document}


Is there a way to set a designated width to the code used above, with out the use of packages ?

• Did you type real bullets in your code? Jul 29, 2014 at 10:01
• @Bernard no i did not, I used the wizard to create the table Jul 29, 2014 at 10:09
• Can you copy the *.log into your question or publish it somewhere? Your example runs without any hiccup here on Windows 7 / texlive 2014. Jul 29, 2014 at 10:46
• @KeksDose the example is the one that runs, but when i try to insert p{} for width then i go into an infinite loop and cannot do anything on texmaker, not even copy. The question is if there is a command to set width ? Jul 29, 2014 at 10:54
• It compiles fine with — note I used the article class as the elsevier package is not installed on my machine. Jul 29, 2014 at 11:11

Are you looking for something like this:

\documentclass[authoryear,preprint,review,12pt]{elsarticle}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{amsthm}
\usepackage{mathtools, array, textcomp}

\begin{document}

\begin{tabular}{*{4}{|p{2cm}}|p{2cm}|}
\hline
• & \multicolumn{4}{c|}{location} \\
\hline
• & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 \\
\hline
Average & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
Average measure& • & • & • & • \\
\hline
A & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
B & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
C & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
D & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
E & • & • & • & • \\
\hline
\end{tabular}

\end{document}


By the way: the log-file resides in the same folder than you document. Just go there and open it with an editor.

• thank you , yes something like that, i will fitted to the proper width. I was curious on why the wizard didnt work correctly but i think now i will create them in this fashion. Thank you very much Jul 29, 2014 at 11:18