I tried to set up a table with different custom row height and a dashed line.

I'm using tabularx for the table and arydshln for the dashed line.

When I import arydshline before tabularx it starts throwing errors and does not draw the dashed line correct, when I import tabularx before arydshline ruins the right and left table border.

\documentclass[letterpaper, 11pt]{article}

%\usepackage{arydshln} % Throws some errors and does not draw a correct line when placed here


%\usepackage{arydshln} % Ruins the left and right table border when placed here


        \begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{|X|X|X|X|} \hline

            \multicolumn{3}{|>{\hsize=3\hsize}X}{\textbf{\Large 1}}  &
            \multicolumn{1}{>{\raggedleft}X|}{2} \\[1ex] % \hdashline % That is the dashed line i want to show



The example is reduced to the minimum, sadly I need all those three things, dashedline, tables and custom row height.

Here are some pictures of the output:

Crapped dashed line:

crapped dashed line

Crapped table border:

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  • Try the 'tabu' package, it handles lines much better than other packages. Read the documentation for 'booktabs' and get rid of the vertical lines. – Sveinung Aug 25 '14 at 17:48
  • I don't know if tabu is a good Idea, I found this tex.stackexchange.com/questions/121841/… Also the document is very long and only consists of tables. I mean if there is no other way I have to use tabu but in first place I'm looking for an "easy" solution. – Hemeroc Aug 25 '14 at 17:58

My suggestion would be to use struts in order to space your rows rather than using a fixed-height break \\[<len>]. Here's an example of what I mean:

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  \multicolumn{3}{|>{\hsize=3\hsize}X}{\rule{1pt}{50pt}\textbf{\Large 1}} &
  \multicolumn{1}{>{\raggedleft}X|}{\rule[-20pt]{1pt}{20pt}2} \\


I've used \rule{<width>}{<height>} to place a strut on the baseline and \rule[<depth>]{<width>}{<height>} to place a strut at <depth> below the baseline. In the above example, you should use a <width> of 0pt, but I've used 1pt to emphasize the strut.

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  • Thanks your solution works great in expanding the row height but in one case I need smaller row height. – Hemeroc Aug 26 '14 at 13:36

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