# No vertical centering in table in cell first row, first column

I am struggling with the following problem. Let's assume I have this sample code:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{array, booktabs}
\usepackage{multirow}

\newcolumntype{P}[1]{>{\centering\arraybackslash}p{#1}}

\begin{document}
\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{P{2cm} | P{4cm} | P{4cm} | P{2cm}}
\toprule
\multirow{2}{*}{\begin{tabular}[c]{@{}c@{}}Line 1\\Line 2\\Line 3\end{tabular}}
&
{\begin{tabular}[c]{@{}c@{}}Line 1\\Line 2\\Line 3\end{tabular}}
&
{\begin{tabular}[c]{@{}c@{}}Line 1\\Line 2\\Line 3\end{tabular}}
&
\multirow{2}{*}{\begin{tabular}[c]{@{}c@{}}Line 1\\Line 2\end{tabular}}
\\
& \textit{Lorem ipsum dolor sit} & \textit{Lorem ipsum dolor sit} & \\
\toprule
A & Lorem ipsum dolor sit & Lorem ipsum dolor sit & B \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

\end{document}


The following output get's produced:

My problem: In the first row, first column I would like to have also the three lines vertically centered. How to achieve this?!

• Welcome to TeX.SX! Do you mean first row or (as you use multirow) the first two rows? – TeXnician Mar 28 '18 at 8:10
• I mean the cell in the first row, first column "as you see it". So I would like to have Line 1 Line 2 Line 3 vertically centered on the whole, as it is for example with Line 1 Line 2 in the cell in the first row, last column. Sorry, maybe I should have chosen different names, so that it's easier to understand... – Joojoo Mar 28 '18 at 8:17

You could use \makecell and don't use vertical lines with booktabs:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{array, booktabs}
\usepackage{makecell}

\newcolumntype{P}[1]{>{\centering\leavevmode\arraybackslash}p{#1}}

\begin{document}
\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{P{2cm}  P{4cm}  P{4cm}  P{2cm}}
\toprule
\makecell{Line 1\\Line 2\\Line 3}
&
\makecell{Line 1\\Line 2\\Line 3\\ \textit{Lorem ipsum dolor sit}}
&
\makecell{Line 1\\Line 2\\Line 3\\ \textit{Lorem ipsum dolor sit}}
&
\makecell{Line 1\\Line 2}
\\
\toprule
A & Lorem ipsum dolor sit & Lorem ipsum dolor sit & B \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\end{document}


Is this what you intend?

• Wow, thanks nice! Such a fast answer and also a solution, which makes the code a lot more readable ;) – Joojoo Mar 28 '18 at 8:28
• @Joojoo You're welcome! We are always happy to help users who provide a complete minimal working example! – CarLaTeX Mar 28 '18 at 8:29