I have a fancy table in the following MWE, and for the life of me I cannot remove the cell in the lower left corner, and I cannot split lines within cells (I want to split "Ovulation date" and "Poor barrier" in two lines). Check the Beamer MWE below:



\mode<presentation> {


    \begin{tabular}{@{}A|B|A|B|A}%remove indent
        \arraycolor{White}\bfseries {\tiny Subject} & \arraycolor{White}\bfseries {\tiny Dry} & \arraycolor{White}\bfseries {\tiny Ovulation date} & \arraycolor{White}\bfseries {\tiny Oiliest} & \arraycolor{White}\bfseries {\tiny Poor barrier}\\
        \bfseries {\tiny 2007} & {\tiny 8, 36} & {\tiny 14} & {\tiny 22} & {\tiny 26}\\
        & \bfseries {\tiny I - DR} & \bfseries {\tiny II - OP} & \bfseries {\tiny III - OL} & \bfseries {\tiny IV - PB}



With this kind of table, I would need to learn how to:

  • Remove cells

  • Split lines within cells


1 Answer 1


Something like this? (Note that I've removed all \tiny directives.)

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(Insert the instruction \renewcommand{\tabularxcolumn}[1]{m{#1}} after loading tabularx if the header cells need to be centered vertically rather than top-aligned.)




        \arraycolor{White}\bfseries Subject &
        \arraycolor{White}\bfseries Dry & 
        \arraycolor{White}\bfseries Ovulation date &
        \arraycolor{White}\bfseries Oiliest &
        \arraycolor{White}\bfseries Poor barrier \\
        \bfseries 2007 &  8, 36 & 14 & 22 & 26 \\
        \multicolumn{1}{c}{\cellcolor{white}} % for a "blank" cell
        & \bfseries I - DR 
        & \bfseries II - OP 
        & \bfseries III - OL 
        & \bfseries IV - PB \\
  • Thanks it works awesome! But I don't really understand how the line breaks work... for cases with longer texts in a cell, is there a way to specify the breaks wherever I want?
    – DaniCee
    Dec 5, 2017 at 8:36
  • @DaniCee - The X column type performs automatic line breaking — if needed. (For the example at hand, line breaking was needed in 2 of the 5 header cells.) The table you’ve designed isn’t really suitable for longer blocks of text, is it? Selecting the optimal linebreak points in a longer block of text will likely require some fine-tuning by hand.
    – Mico
    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:04
  • 1
    Aside: I just noticed that this answer was the 4,500th answer I've posted on TeX.SE since joining the site in mid-2011. It's a great community, for sure. I feel privileged to be able to make some contributions. :-)
    – Mico
    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:19
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    Congrats on your 4,500th answer!!
    – DaniCee
    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:21
  • 2
    @DaniCee: To break the contents of a X or p cell at a specific point, just tyst type \newline (or define a shortcut like \nl).
    – Bernard
    Dec 5, 2017 at 10:06

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