I'd like to create a figure using XY-pic in which one cell actually spans two rows (like \multirow). Should look something like:

1,1       1,3
2,1       3,3

With arrows from 1,1 and 2,1 to BIG and from BIG to 1,3 and 3,3.

1,1 \ar[dr] & & 1,3 \\
2,1 \ar[r] & \multirow{2}{*}{BIG} \ar[ur] \ar[r] & 2,3 \\

I feel like there is a modifier on the element (some kind of *+5pt{BIG}) that would work, but I don't grok the Xy-pic user's manual. I did find some black magic that would shift the cell up but also increased the space between rows. Thanks for the help!

1 Answer 1


Use three rows and reduce the spacing between them:



  1,1 \ar[dr] && 1,2 \\
  & BIG \ar[ur] \ar[dr] \\
  2,1 \ar[ur] && 2,2



  • Unfortunately, this hack won't work for me afaict. The MWE is actually a part of a much larger table. Maybe I could figure out how to collapse them... Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 22:29
  • Okay, so after some extensive reworking of the table, this solution hacked it. Thanks! Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 22:44

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