I want to have one line of text with black background and the text in white. The line is alone and so it can be one paragraph.

I would like the coloration for the full width of the line and not only for the text.

The solution must work inside one minipage.

  • Is the line going to be a separate paragraph, or do you want to colour a single line in a larger paragraph?
    – Jake
    Dec 8, 2011 at 12:06
  • Indeed, the line will be alone.
    – projetmbc
    Dec 8, 2011 at 12:07

2 Answers 2


You can use a combination of \colorbox:



                     {\makebox[\linewidth][l]{\strut #1}}%
\mylineI{Text Text Text Text}

\mylineII{Text Text Text Text}

\myline{Text Text Text Text}

EDIT: The second command uses the package adjustbox. So you have some extra options.

Of course the code can be extended width extra spacing and \xspace.

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  • Thanks but this coloration is only for the text and not for the whole line... I've updated my question.
    – projetmbc
    Dec 8, 2011 at 12:16
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    @projetmbc: I edited my answer and now using makebox. Dec 8, 2011 at 12:25
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    Is there a way to minimize the spacing before the text ?
    – projetmbc
    Dec 8, 2011 at 12:30
  • @projetmbc: Do you mean the space inside the black line? I used \par to create a new line. You can manipulate this. Dec 8, 2011 at 12:36
  • Your second command looks better for my purpose. That's great !
    – projetmbc
    Dec 8, 2011 at 13:17

How about this?


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A new environment to do the equivalent is


which will give the same result with


Note that this leads to an overfull box if unless \setlength\fboxsep{0pt} is used before it. With that, the output looks like

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  • Sorry, I've forgotten to indicate that I'll use this formatting in one minipage...
    – projetmbc
    Dec 8, 2011 at 12:31
  • @MarkS.Everitt: You forgot some % and width \textwidth you created an overfull box. You must substrate the \fboxsep of \colorbox. Dec 8, 2011 at 12:37
  • @MarkS.Everitt: Please see my answer (\dimexpr). Your second code uses a savebox. So you allows breaks. Dec 8, 2011 at 12:55
  • @MarkS.Everitt: Why sorry.? You provided an alternative and tex stackexchange is a collection of solutions ;-) Dec 8, 2011 at 13:02
  • I'll leave it in that case, with a disclaimer that it leads to an overfull box. :)
    – qubyte
    Dec 8, 2011 at 13:04

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