# Table rows | single line | double line | of text not lining up

I have a table with two columns, the width of each column is set. There are cases where the left hand text is one line and the right hand text is two lines. As a result the left hand text is aligned with the white-space in between the two lines on the right hand side.

Is there anyway I can space it so the two top lines are level with the additional space just taken up as a blank line below the single left hand side value?

Markup:

\documentclass[10pt]{book}
\usepackage{subcaption}
\usepackage{url}
\usepackage{array}
\begin{document}
\begin{center}
\begin{tabular}{| >{\centering\arraybackslash}m{5.4cm}  >{\centering\arraybackslash}m{5.4cm} |}
\hline
\hline
Patient to keep a diary for appointments. & Automated calendar reminder to phone.\\
Important items to be kept in the same place. & Alarmed receiver attached to important objects.\\
Put labels on doors/cupboards. & Wearable camera to recognise and remind doors/cupboards.\\
Place important numbers by the phone. & Phone with pre-stored numbers represented by familiar faces.\\
Place note on back of door as reminder to take keys. & Door sensor to remind occupant to take keys when door is opened.\\
Label family photographs. & Facial recognition to act as a reminder.\\
Pin a weekly timetable to the wall. & Automated calendar reminder to phone/wall mounted monitor.\\
Write reminders to lock door at night, turn off gas, put rubbish out etc. & Automated systems in house to turn off systems/lock doors at certain times, automated reminders.\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\captionof{table}{Comparison of differing provisions of care for ADL.}
\label{tab:activityList}
\end{center}
\end{document}

• You are much more likely to get help if you provide a full minimal example that people can copy and compile immediately without having to add stuff to it. Jul 20 '15 at 10:30
• I thought the above code was enough, what is missing? The document class? Jul 20 '15 at 10:32
• yes and maybe other packages (e.g. caption) and \begin{document}\end{document} Jul 20 '15 at 10:33
• Didn't think I had to include \begin{document} etc. Updated the above code I am able to compile it with a copy/paste into a new doc. Let me know if there is any problems. Jul 20 '15 at 10:35
• @Colin747 in the version now, I can just copy and paste it into a blank doc and compile it. Less work for me, more time to help ;-) Jul 20 '15 at 11:19

You just have to replace the m-column (which centres vertically) by a p-column which aligns to the top.

Here is how I would set your table:

% arara: pdflatex

\documentclass[10pt]{book}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{ragged2e}
\usepackage{microtype}

\begin{document}
\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{>{\RaggedRight}p{5.6cm} >{\RaggedRight}p{5.6cm} }
\toprule
\centering Traditional Care & \centering\arraybackslash Technological Care\\
\midrule
Patient to keep a diary for appointments. & Automated calendar reminder to phone.\\\addlinespace
Important items to be kept in the same place. & Alarmed receiver attached to important objects.\\\addlinespace
Put labels on doors/cupboards. & Wearable camera to recognise and remind doors/cupboards.\\\addlinespace
Place important numbers by the phone. & Phone with pre-stored numbers represented by familiar faces.\\\addlinespace
Place note on back of door as reminder to take keys. & Door sensor to remind occupant to take keys when door is opened.\\\addlinespace
Label family photographs. & Facial recognition to act as a reminder.\\\addlinespace
Pin a weekly timetable to the wall. & Automated calendar reminder to phone/wall mounted monitor.\\\addlinespace
Write reminders to lock door at night, turn off gas, put rubbish out etc. & Automated systems in house to turn off systems/lock doors at certain times, automated reminders.\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\caption{Comparison of differing provisions of care for ADL.}
\label{tab:activityList}
\end{table}
\end{document}


• That's great thanks. I had misunderstood the use of m - I was under the assumption that it was partly responsible for the horizontal centering, thanks for the improved format as well. Looks a lot more professional. Jul 20 '15 at 10:42

More a comment, than a answer, but I am not allowed to comment: Couldn't you just add a blank line?

Alternatively: look here: Vertical alignment in tabular cells with variable height

The table spec p gives you a »paragraph column with text vertically aligned in the middle«. To vertically align at the top and centre horizontally only, the spec c is needed - which in turn will leave you with a width problem.

Two useful solutions can be found in Vertical alignment in tabular cells with variable height - basically, the idea is to give the width of the columns by using boxes and their alignment relative to their surroundings.