In this table, the two parts of the last line are not aligned. Why and how to fix it?




\begin{tabular}{@{} m{2cm} <{\hspace*{1mm}} | m{1.9cm} <{\hspace*{1mm}}}
\multicolumn{2}{c}{\cellcolor{black!20!white}{\footnotesize $\ \mathbf{15}$ \hspace{0pt plus 1filll} Test}}\\[1.5mm]
\scriptsize \hfill $\times \hspace{-1pt}\approx\hspace{-1pt}\checked$
& \scriptsize \hfill $\times \hspace{-1pt}\approx\hspace{-1pt}\checked$  \\                                                          
\dotfill\scriptsize $\square$\,$\square$\,$\square$ & \dotfill\scriptsize $\square$\,$\square$\,$\square$\\
\dotfill\scriptsize $\square$\,$\square$\,$\square$ & \dotfill\scriptsize $\square$\,$\square$\,$\square$\\
\dotfill\scriptsize $\square$\,$\square$\,$\square$ & \dotfill\scriptsize $\square$\,$\square$\,$\square$\\[3mm]


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  • Are you sure you get that output, I can't reproduce this error?
    – AboAmmar
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 16:57
  • Yes. I wil add the log.
    – Colas
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 17:00
  • Related to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/439669/… ?
    – albert
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 17:00
  • I think the two issues are independent one from the other.
    – Colas
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 17:02

1 Answer 1


The interaction between m columns and the \\[..] optional length argument was corrected in the 2018 array package release so with an up to date system you get better alignment. In general though using m especially in combination with <{\hspace*{1mm} is a rather fragile setting. (m columns are designed for multi-line paragraph boxes with line breaking within the cell, you do not have that here, and adding an \hspace just on the last line of a paragraph only does anything sensible as there is only one line here.

  • I've replaced m{2cm} by p{2cm} and it is solved.
    – Colas
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 17:42

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