# Increasing the space between two rows?

This is possible duplicate of increasing space between two rows. But because of two many math expression there, I could not possibly understand it. Regrets.

I would like to increase the space between two rows so that table can be filled manually using pen or pencil. Here is MWE.

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}

%% Language and font encodings
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}
\usepackage{booktabs}
%% Sets page size and margins
\usepackage[a4paper,top=3cm,bottom=2cm,left=3cm,right=3cm,marginparwidth=1.75cm]{geometry}
\begin{document}
\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{p{5cm} p{5cm}}
\toprule
Item & Quantity \\
\midrule
Widgets & \dotfill \\
\midrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\end{document}

• Widgets & \dotfill \\[10pt] Gadgets & \dotfill \\  which uses the optional argument to \\  or, alternately, \midrule &\\ Widgets & \dotfill \\ &\\ Gadgets & \dotfill \\ \midrule  which manually adds blank rows – Steven B. Segletes Oct 4 '16 at 11:36
• @ Steven B. Segletes it increased the space between 2nd and 3rd row, but not between first and second row. – Vaibhav Oct 4 '16 at 11:47
• Here is what I did: \begin{table} \centering \begin{tabular}{p{5cm} p{5cm}} \toprule Item & Quantity \\ [10pt] \midrule Widgets & \dotfill \\ [10pt] Gadgets & \dotfill \\ \midrule \end{tabular} \end{table} \end{document} – Vaibhav Oct 4 '16 at 11:47

Modify arraystretch:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\begin{document}
{ % begin box to localize effect of arraystretch change
\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{3.0}
\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{p{5cm} p{5cm}}
\toprule
Item & Quantity \\
\midrule
Widgets & \dotfill \\
\midrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
} % end box
\end{document}


• Though the problem is it involves all the tables in a document. – Vaibhav Oct 4 '16 at 12:02
• Right @Vaibhav, and I edited to localize the change. But it still adds space in unwanted areas, e.g., the header row. The other answers are much better! – Homer White Oct 4 '16 at 12:22

You can use \addlinespace from booktabs:

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}

%% Language and font encodings
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}
\usepackage{booktabs}
%% Sets page size and margins

\usepackage[a4paper,top=3cm,bottom=2cm,left=3cm,right=3cm,marginparwidth=1.75cm]{geometry}

\begin{document}

\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{p{5cm} p{5cm}}
\toprule
Item & Quantity \\
\midrule
Widgets & \dotfill \\
\midrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

\end{document}


Here I show 3 ways:

1. the optional argument to \\[]

3. Add a custom strut to lines where needed.

Approach 1 will not work following a \modrule.

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}

%% Language and font encodings
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}
\usepackage{booktabs}
%% Sets page size and margins
\usepackage[a4paper,top=3cm,bottom=2cm,left=3cm,right=3cm,marginparwidth=1.75cm]{geometry}
\begin{document}
%\begin{table}
\centering
Use optional argument to \verb|\\|, but can't be used for line after a
\verb|\midrule|

\begin{tabular}{p{5cm} p{5cm}}
\toprule
Item & Quantity \\
\midrule
Widgets & \dotfill \\[10pt]
\midrule
\end{tabular}
%\end{table}

\bigskip

\begin{tabular}{p{5cm} p{5cm}}
\toprule
Item & Quantity \\
\midrule
&\\
Widgets & \dotfill \\
&\\
\midrule
\end{tabular}

\bigskip

\def\mystrut{\rule{0pt}{2\normalbaselineskip}}
\begin{tabular}{p{5cm} p{5cm}}
\toprule
Item & Quantity \\
\midrule
Widgets\mystrut & \dotfill \\