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This is my code.. I want to left align the statement "number when majority of the nodes.....". Please help

\begin{table}[h!]
\caption{Main Notations}
\label{tab:table1}
\resizebox{9cm}{!}
{
\begin{tabular}{|l|l|p{1cm|}}
\hline
\textbf{Notation} & \textbf{Meaning} \\
\hline
$Pmd$ & local probability of misdetection \\
\hline
$P_{d}$ & local probability of detection \\
\hline
$Pfa$ & probability of false alarm \\
\hline
$Ppu$ & signal \\
\hline
$P_b$ & broadcast \\
\hline
$N_{gd}$ & node 1  \\
\hline
$N_{ln}$ & Total number of node \\
\hline
$h_{gd1}$ & \makecell{h number when majority of the nodes \\ in a topology gives a decision `1' when PU is present} \\ 
\hline
\end{tabular}
}
\end{table}
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  • Please post working examples, not just fragments -- and please consider to accept answers to your other questions as well upvoting them ;-) This shows that you appreciate the work of other users here willing to help you!
    – user31729
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 17:55

4 Answers 4

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You just have to write \makecell[l]{…} if you want to left-align (it is vertically and horizontally centred by default).

However, rather than using \resizebox I would suggest one of these two solutions, based on \tabularx and cellspace (for some vertical padding between rows). Makecell is not necessary. Also I loaded caption for a better vertical spacing between caption and table:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{array, tabularx, caption, boldline}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{cellspace}
\setlength\cellspacetoplimit{4pt}
\setlength\cellspacebottomlimit{4pt}

\begin{document}

\begin{table}[h!]
  \caption{Main Notations}
  \label{tab:table1}\centering
  \begin{tabularx}{9cm}{|Sl|X|}
    \hline
    \textbf{Notation} & \textbf{Meaning} \\
    \hline
    $P_{md}$ & local probability of misdetection \\
    \hline
    $P_{d}$ & local probability of detection \\
    \hline
    $P_{fa}$ & probability of false alarm \\
    \hline
    $P_{pu}$ & signal \\
    \hline
    $P_b$ & broadcast \\
    \hline
    $N_{gd}$ & node 1 \\
    \hline
    $N_{ln}$ & Total number of node \\
    \hline
    $h_{gd1}$ & {h number when majority of the nodes in a topology gives a decision `1' when PU is present} \\
    \hline
  \end{tabularx}
\end{table}

\begin{table}[h!]
  \caption{Main Notations}
  \label{tab:table2}\centering
  \begin{tabularx}{9cm}{SlV{2}X}
    \textbf{Notation} & \textbf{Meaning} \\
    \hlineB{1.2}
    $P_{md}$ & local probability of misdetection \\
    $P_{d}$ & local probability of detection \\
    $P_{fa}$ & probability of false alarm \\
    $P_{pu}$ & signal \\
    $P_b$ & broadcast \\
    $N_{gd}$ & node 1 \\
    $N_{ln}$ & Total number of node \\
    $h_{gd1}$ & {h number when majority of the nodes in a topology gives a decision `1' when PU is present}
  \end{tabularx}
\end{table}

\end{document} 

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  • I forgot to explain my edit: I just added a missing backtick.
    – Dan
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 19:57
  • @Dan: It's OK with me. I often forget to check may answers, so I'm glad someone else checks. Thanks!
    – Bernard
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 20:28
  • What exactly in the code makes the text be wrapped inside the table cell? Thanks! Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 13:03
  • Using the X column type inside tabularx{some total width}: it is internally a p{length remaining to fill the prescribed total width}. This length is calculated by the package.
    – Bernard
    Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 13:08
  • @Bernard Would you kindly help me with a similiar problem I am facing?
    – 3kstc
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 6:48
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I would like to suggest that you go for a table with an "open" look, by getting rid of all vertical rules, most horizontal rules, and using the rule-drawing macros of the booktabs package -- \toprule, \midrule, and \bottomrule -- for the remaining horizontal lines. Rather than using \resizebox to achieve a table width of 9cm, I suggest you use a tabularx environment, whose overall width can be set to the desired width (here: 9cm) directly.

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\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{tabularx,booktabs,caption,ragged2e}
\newcolumntype{Y}{>{\RaggedRight\arraybackslash}X}

\begin{document}

\begin{table}[h!]
\centering
\caption{Main Notations}
\label{tab:table1}
\begin{tabularx}{9cm}{@{} lY @{}}
\toprule
\textbf{Notation} & \textbf{Meaning} \\
\midrule
$P_{md}$ & local probability of misdetection \\
$P_{d}$  & local probability of detection \\
$P_{fa}$ & probability of false alarm \\
$P_{pu}$ & signal \\
$P_b$    & broadcast \\
$N_{gd}$ & node 1  \\
$N_{ln}$ & Total number of nodes \\
$h_{gd1}$& $h$ number when majority of nodes in a topology 
           gives decision ``1'' when PU is present \\ 
\bottomrule
\end{tabularx}
\end{table}

\end{document}
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Today, when is available package tabularray (version 2022A), this table can be written with the following simple code without use of the makecell package:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[skip=1ex]{caption}
\usepackage{tabularray}
\UseTblrLibrary{booktabs}

\begin{document}
    \begin{table}[ht]
\caption{Main Notations}
\label{tab:table1}\centering
  \begin{tblr}{hlines, vlines,
               colspec = {Q[l, mode=math]
                          X[j]},
               row{1} = {font=\bfseries, mode=text}
               }
Notation    &   Meaning     \\
%
P_{md}      & local probability of misdetection \\
P_{d}       & local probability of detection \\
P_{fa}      & probability of false alarm \\
P_{pu}      & signal \\
P_b         & broadcast \\
N_{gd}      & node 1 \\
N_{ln}      & Total number of node \\
h_{gd1}     & h number when majority of the nodes in a topology gives a decision `1' when PU is present \\
    \end{tblr}
    \end{table}

or more "open look" (as usual say @Mico):
    \begin{table}[ht]
\caption{Main Notations}
\label{tab:table1}\centering
  \begin{tblr}{colspec = {Q[l, mode=math]
                          X[l]},
               row{1} = {font=\bfseries, mode=text}
               }
    \toprule
Notation    &   Meaning     \\
    \midrule
P_{md}      & local probability of misdetection \\
P_{d}       & local probability of detection \\
P_{fa}      & probability of false alarm \\
P_{pu}      & signal \\
P_b         & broadcast \\
N_{gd}      & node 1 \\
N_{ln}      & Total number of node \\
h_{gd1}     & h number when majority of the nodes in a topology gives a decision `1' when PU is present    \\
    \bottomrule
    \end{tblr}
    \end{table}
\end{document} 

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This is copied from the documentation of the makecell package and it worked fine for me. An example for text aligning for all possibilities.

\begin{tabular}{|c|c|}
\hline
Cell text & 28--31\\
\hline
\makecell{Multilined \\ cell text} & 28--31\\
\hline
\makecell[l]{Left aligned \\ cell text} & 37--43\\
\hline
\makecell*[r]{Right aligned \\ cell text} & 37--43\\
\hline
\makecell[b]{Bottom aligned \\ cell text} & 52--58\\
\hline
\makecell*[{{p{3cm}}}]{Cell long text with predefined width} & 52--58\\
\hline
\makecell[{{>{\parindent1em}p{3cm}}}]{Cell long...} & 52--58\\
\hline
\end{tabular}

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