I am trying to add linebreaks in my table cell but found that LyX doesn't allow me to. How can I insert a newline inside a table cell?


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go into the menu of the tabular (right mouse click when cursor is inside the tabular) and then choose a width for the column. Then you can have linebreaks inside this cell with \newline or with an empty line for a new paragraph.

The width setting can be found on right-click > More > Settings > Column Settings > Width (LyX 2.1.4).

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    Once the width has been defined, the useful shortcut for a linebreak is ctrl+shift+enter.
    – landroni
    Jan 22, 2016 at 16:06
  • @landroni in latest versions of Lyx it seems the shortcut is no longer necessary, a simple enter is enough to do a linebreak.
    – gaborous
    May 31, 2016 at 20:54
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    I have the same problem as OP, the width thing works well, but I am unable to use either ctrl+enter or enter if I want to do it manually. It shows 'command disabled' at the bottom of the LyX editor. I have LyX 2.2.3 on Windows 7. Thank you. Oct 6, 2017 at 13:28
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    @Herbert I am not sure I understand your comment. I am editing the LyX file and can save it. I, therefore, think I have write access to the file. I was wondering if it was possible to 're-enable' this command in LyX, so I clicked on 'reconfigure' in the menu. I restarted LyX but still did not work. Oct 9, 2017 at 6:13
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    @user89073 I thought had the same problem as you (LyX 2.2.3 on Ubuntu). But indeed when you fix the width you can use linebreaks in the usual way.
    – lcv
    Feb 7, 2018 at 3:04

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