# How to remove additional spaces in table in latex [duplicate]

I am using the following code to generate a table.

\documentclass[acmsmall]{acmart}
\begin{document}
\begin{table}[!t]
\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.3}
\caption{Some text}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|p{8.3cm}|p{1.7cm}|p{1.7cm}|}
\hline
\textbf{Some text} & \textbf{Some text} & \textbf{Some text} \\
\hline

\textbf{Some text:}
\begin{itemize}
\item Some text
\item Some text
\item Some text
\end{itemize}
&
43\%{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
&
57\%{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\\
\hline
\textbf{Some text}
\begin{itemize}
\item Some text
\item Some text
\item Some text
\item Some text
\end{itemize}
&
25\%{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
&
75\%{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\\
\hline
\textbf{Some text:}
\begin{itemize}
\item Some text
\item Some text
\end{itemize}
&
0\%{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
&
100\%{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\label{table1}
\end{table}
\end{document}


However, as shown in the figure below there are empty spaces (highlighted in yellow). I am just wondering if there is a way to remove those extra lines from the table?

I am happy to provide any other details if needed :)

• Can you please provide us with a compilable document? When I compile your table with preamble \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{amssymb} I do not get such large spaces,
– user121799
Jan 17, 2019 at 5:05
• @marmot I am using the following document class \documentclass[acmsmall]{acmart}
– EmJ
Jan 17, 2019 at 5:27
• Please add this (as well as \begin{document} and \end{document}) to your above code such that people have a complete example to play with.
– user121799
Jan 17, 2019 at 5:29
• @marmot Sure, I will add those details. By the way I am getting the same output in the following documentclasses as well; \documentclass[smallextended]{svjour3} and \documentclass[jou,apacite]{apa6}
– EmJ
Jan 17, 2019 at 5:33
• OK, thanks! I have another question (not that I could immediately answer it). Do you want the check marks and - be vertically aligned, i.e. at the same height, as the bullets of itemize? You might want to use e.g. this answer instead of itemize, this would also solve the vertical space problem.
– user121799
Jan 17, 2019 at 5:36

Put \vspace*{-\baselineskip} after each itemize and remove the last {$\newline$} of each column.

\documentclass[acmsmall]{acmart}
\begin{document}
\begin{table}[!t]
\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.3}
\caption{Some text}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|p{8.3cm}|p{1.7cm}|p{1.7cm}|}
\hline
\textbf{Some text} & \textbf{Some text} & \textbf{Some text} \\
\hline

\textbf{Some text:}
\begin{itemize}
\item Some text
\item Some text
\item Some text
\end{itemize}
\vspace*{-\baselineskip}
&
43\%{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
-
&
57\%{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark
\\
\hline
\textbf{Some text}
\begin{itemize}
\item Some text
\item Some text
\item Some text
\item Some text
\end{itemize}
\vspace*{-\baselineskip}
&
25\%{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
-
&
75\%{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark
\\
\hline
\textbf{Some text:}
\begin{itemize}
\item Some text
\item Some text
\end{itemize}
\vspace*{-\baselineskip}
&
0\%{$\newline$}
-{$\newline$}
-
&
100\%{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark
\\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\label{table1}
\end{table}
\end{document}


Here is a proposal how to format this table in a bit more appealing manner.

\documentclass[acmsmall]{acmart}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\begin{document}
\begin{table}[!t]
\caption{Some text}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{@{}lcc@{}}
\toprule
\textbf{Some text}  & \textbf{Some text} & \textbf{Some text} \\
\midrule
\textbf{Some text:} & 43\%               & 57\%               \\
Some text           & \checkmark         & ---                \\
Some text           & ---                & \checkmark         \\
Some text           & ---                & \checkmark         \\
\textbf{Some text}  & 25\%               & 75\%               \\
Some text           & \checkmark         & ---                \\
Some text           & ---                & \checkmark         \\
Some text           & ---                & \checkmark         \\
Some text           & ---                & \checkmark         \\
\textbf{Some text:} & 0\%                & 100\%              \\
Some text           & ---                & \checkmark         \\
Some text           & ---                & \checkmark         \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\label{table1}
\end{table}
\end{document}


• Note that I had to put \vspace*{-\baselineskip} after the last \item in each itemize for this to work. May 11, 2021 at 20:25

Two suggestions:

• Encase each itemize environment in a top-aligned minipage environment

• omit the final {$\newline$} directive in each group

Optional: remove the instruction \renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.3} and add \setlength\extrarowheight{2pt}.

\documentclass[acmsmall]{acmart}
\usepackage{array}
%\usepackage{enumitem}
%\setlist[itemize]{nosep}
\begin{document}
\begin{table}[!t]
%\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.3}
\setlength\extrarowheight{2pt}
\caption{Some text}
\label{table1}

\centering
\begin{tabular}{|p{8.3cm}|p{1.7cm}|p{1.7cm}|}
\hline
\textbf{Some text} & \textbf{Some text} & \textbf{Some text}
\\ \hline

%% 1st group
\textbf{Some text:} & 43\% & 57\% \\
\begin{minipage}[t]{\hsize}
\begin{itemize}
\item Some text
\item Some text
\item Some text
\end{itemize}
\end{minipage}
&
\checkmark{$\newline$}
--{$\newline$}
--%{$\newline$}
&
--{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark%{$\newline$}
\\ \hline

%% 2nd group
\textbf{Some text} & 25\% & 75\%\\
\begin{minipage}[t]{\hsize}
\begin{itemize}
\item Some text
\item Some text
\item Some text
\item Some text
\end{itemize}
\end{minipage}
&
\checkmark{$\newline$}
--{$\newline$}
--{$\newline$}
--%{$\newline$}
&
--{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark%{$\newline$}
\\ \hline

%% 3rd group
\textbf{Some text:} & 0\% & 100\% \\
\begin{minipage}[t]{\hsize}
\begin{itemize}
\item Some text
\item Some text
\end{itemize}
\end{minipage}
&
--{$\newline$}
--%{$\newline$}
&
\checkmark{$\newline$}
\checkmark%{$\newline$}
\\ \hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\end{document}

• Nice answer. I really like it. Thank you. :)
– EmJ
Jan 17, 2019 at 6:21