# Incorrect form of table

I have the following table which I cam up with in order to response to the examiner's report for my thesis. The problem here is that:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{mathrsfs}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amsthm}
\usepackage{tabularx,ragged2e,booktabs,caption}
\usepackage{tabu}
\usepackage{amssymb,bm}
\usepackage{array}
\newcolumntype{L}[1]{>{\raggedright\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{C}[1]{>{\centering\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{R}[1]{>{\raggedleft\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\begin{document}

\textbf{\huge Response to Examiners’ Reports}

\vspace{5em}
\begin{tabular}{| L{4cm} | L{8cm} |}
\hline
Candidate Name &
Shahrina Ismail \\
\hline
Thesis Title & Perfect Triangles : Rational points on Elliptic Curves \\
\hline
School & School of Mathematics \& Physics, University of Queensland \\
\hline
\end{tabular}

\vspace{3em}
\begin{tabular}{| L{8cm} | L{8cm} | L{3cm} |}
\hline
Examiner's comment &
Response & Page\\
\hline
knowledge in & requirement in & P1L2\\
\hline
standardized & standardised & P1L2\\
\hline
\end{tabular}

\end{document}


1. The first table: how to increase the height of the rows. My rows look crowded.

2. The second table is not showing up the third column, not sure why.

I've minimized your table to the necessary details. For more spacing I used \arraystretch. And your second question has a simple answer too: Your table was too wide for the side (actually the third column printed, but outside of the page). To achieve a better look I just turned those tables into tabularx as you already used that package.

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{booktabs,tabularx}
\usepackage{array}
\newcolumntype{L}[1]{>{\raggedright\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{C}[1]{>{\centering\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{R}[1]{>{\raggedleft\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\begin{document}

\textbf{\huge Response to Examiners’ Reports}

\vspace{5em}
\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.4}
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{| L{5cm} | X |}
\hline
Candidate Name &
Shahrina Ismail \\
\hline
Thesis Title & Perfect Triangles : Rational points on Elliptic Curves \\
\hline
School & School of Mathematics \& Physics, University of Queensland \\
\hline
\end{tabularx}
\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.0}

\vspace{3em}
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{| X | X | L{3cm} |}
\hline
Examiner's comment &
Response & Page\\
\hline
knowledge in & requirement in & P1L2\\
\hline
standardized & standardised & P1L2\\
\hline
\end{tabularx}

\end{document}


Probably it would be better, if you would consider using booktabs (which you already include). That would look like this:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{booktabs,tabularx}
\usepackage{array}
\newcolumntype{L}[1]{>{\raggedright\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{C}[1]{>{\centering\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{R}[1]{>{\raggedleft\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\begin{document}

\textbf{\huge Response to Examiners’ Reports}

\vspace{5em}
\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.4}
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{L{5cm} X}
\toprule
Candidate Name &
Shahrina Ismail \\
\midrule
Thesis Title & Perfect Triangles : Rational points on Elliptic Curves \\
\midrule
School & School of Mathematics \& Physics, University of Queensland \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabularx}

\vspace{3em}
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{X X L{3cm}}
\toprule
Examiner's comment &
Response & Page\\
\midrule
knowledge in & requirement in & P1L2\\
standardized & standardised & P1L2\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabularx}

\end{document}

• thx so much for explaining this to me. I have one concern though. There's like plenty of space on the right hand side and left hand side of the page. I need more space for the column "examiner's comment" and "response". How do I play around with "X" ? May 17, 2017 at 5:54
• @shahrinaismail You cannot play around with it (that's the sense of X, determining the correct size of the column). You can just switch back to your L column, but then you have to consider that a page has some dimensions. May 17, 2017 at 7:54