# Color fraction of table cell

Is there some way to color only part of a table cell? For example, the top third, or bottom half of a cell?

For example:

\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{3.0}
\begin{tabularx}{10cm}{|X|X|}
\hline
Row 1 & \cellcolor{blue!25} 1/3 colored \\
\hline
Row 2 & uncolored \\
\hline
\end{tabularx}

\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.0}
\begin{tabularx}{10cm}{|X|X|}
\hline
&\cellcolor{blue!25} \\
& \\
& \\
\hline
& \\
& \\
& \\
\hline
\end{tabularx}

\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.0}
\begin{tabularx}{10cm}{|X|X|}
\hline
Row 1 &\cellcolor{blue!25} 1/3 colored\\
& \\
& \\
\hline
Row 2 & uncolored \\
& \\
& \\
\hline
\end{tabularx}


The first case shows how the text should appear, but clearly the cell is fully colored. In the second case, I split the two rows into six rows so that one third of the original cell can be individually colored. But when adding the text, it is no longer center in the middle of the true cells because it is put in the subcells.

What is the best way to do this?

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– user30471
Nov 12 '18 at 22:10

If you want to have a lot of control over shading of the cells then I recommend using a matrix of nodes from the tikz package --- see chapter 57.1 of the very comprehensive manual. For example, you can produce:

using the code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{matrix,calc}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}
\matrix (M)[matrix of nodes]{
Row 1 & 1/3 colored \\
Row 2 & uncolored \\
Row 3 & uncolored \\
Row 4 & uncolored \\
Row 5 & uncolored \\
Row 6 & uncolored \\
};
% cell (1,2) with bluish background
\draw[opacity=0.2,fill=blue!50](M-1-2.north west) rectangle (M-1-2.south east);
% bottom third of cell (2,2) with bluish background
\draw[opacity=0.2,fill=blue!50] ($(M-2-2.north west)!0.67!(M-2-2.south west)$)
rectangle(M-2-2.south east);
% triangular shading of cell (4,2)
\draw[opacity=0.5, fill=green!50,draw=yellow, thick]
(M-4-2.north west)--(M-4-2.south west)--(M-4-2.north east)--cycle;
% crossing out cells in rows 5 and 6
\draw[thick, red](M-5-1.north west)--(M-6-2.south east);
\draw[thick, red](M-6-1.south west)--(M-5-2.north east);
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}