I recently had to make a table that came out more or less like this:

Head 1 & Head 2\\
1 & \multicolumn{2}{|c|}{A}\\ \hline
2 & \multicolumn{2}{|c|}{B}\\ \hline
3 & \multicolumn{2}{|c|}{C}\\ \hline
4 & Da & Db \\ \hline
5 & \multicolumn{2}{|c|}{E}\\ \hline
6 & \multicolumn{2}{|c|}{F}\\ \hline

I was wondering whether it is possible to specify that the row starting with 4 has its second column subdivided instead of specifying that all the other rows have a cell that spans multiple columns.


Use a nested tabular:

Head 1 & Head 2\\
1 & A\\ \hline
2 & B\\ \hline
3 & C\\ \hline
4 & \begin{tabular}{@{}c|c@{}}Da & Db\end{tabular} \\ \hline
5 & E\\ \hline
6 & F\\ \hline

However you should consider avoiding vertical rules in your table; consult the documentation of the booktabs package.

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    Actually, I always use the booktabs package and never use vertical rules, but I copied this example from somewhere else as it illustrates my problem and my own tables were a bit too large to paste here. – nvcleemp Jun 26 '12 at 14:27
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    @nvcleemp The method with a nested tabular may need some fine tuning, depending on the cell that must be split. But it's quite general: for instance it's very handy also for spitting a cell vertically. – egreg Jun 26 '12 at 14:34

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