Following example:


& & \multicolumn{5}{c|}{something} \\ \cline{3-7}
& & AAA & BBB & CCC & DDD & EEE\\ \hline
\multicolumn{1}{|c|}{\multirow{3}{*}{\rotatebox[origin=c]{90}{sth}} } 
& line 1 & x & x & x & x & x \\ \cline{2-7}
& line 2 & x & x & x & x & x \\ \cline{2-7}
  1. Why is the border on the left side missing?

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  1. Why can I not make the columns fixed width (like c{4cm})? this gives me an error message ' Illegal pream-token (2.0cm): `c' used.' but I am pretty sure it has worked for me like this...
  • Does each column have to be 4cm wide? – Bernard May 22 '15 at 10:54
  • The 5 right columns should be equally wide to fill the page width. – Willi Fischer May 22 '15 at 11:21

Here is a solution. I took the opportunity to improve the vertical padding of cells, and defined a \nocell command to have a number of empty cells; its argument is the number of consecutive empty cells.

\usepackage{array, makecell, rotating}


  \nocell{2}& \multicolumn{5}{c|}{something} \\ \cline{3-7}
  \nocell{2} & AAA & BBB & CCC & DDD & EEE\\ \hline
  \multirowcell{2}[0.5ex]{\rotatebox[origin=c]{90}{sth}} & line 1 & x & x & x & x & x \\ \cline{2-7}
 & line 2 & x & x & x & x & x \\ \cline{1-7}


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  • Thanks, especially the new command is useful. However, do you maybe also have an idea what is wrong with my example, since it really puzzles me? – Willi Fischer May 26 '15 at 10:23
  • 2
    Yes: it seems to be the \multicolumn{…} command which makes latex think there's only one row. If at the beginning of the last line, you add an empty cell via \multicolumn{1}{|c|}{} as a workaround, you'll get a full vertical line. Btw, I've just added a small correction to \multirow{cell} for a better centring of the rotated text. – Bernard May 26 '15 at 10:37

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