There is a problem while I use newline in the tabular environment. Namely, from the following exemple in the column 3 the \newline adds a new line and it works as intended, however in the column 4 no new line is created for \newline command (please check the attached image below). Could you please tell why does it appear? By the way I am using array package.

        \rule[-1ex]{0pt}{2.5ex} ID & text & text & text \\
        \rule[-1ex]{0pt}{2.5ex} 1 & text & text &  text1 \newline text2\\
        \rule[-1ex]{0pt}{2.5ex} 2 & text & text &  \\
        \rule[-1ex]{0pt}{2.5ex} 3 & text & text &  \\
        \rule[-1ex]{0pt}{2.5ex} 4 & text& text &  \\
        \rule[-1ex]{0pt}{2.5ex} 5 & text  & text1 \newline text2 & text1 \newline text 2\\

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    You define the fourth column as l type, so no line break is allowed.
    – egreg
    Commented Jun 11, 2022 at 9:32
  • Need p-type. Similar to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/254388/…
    – user202729
    Commented Jun 11, 2022 at 9:45
  • you could also use another tabular in the affecting cell: \begin{tabular}[t]{@{} l @{}} text 1\\text 22 \end{tabular} if you want to stick to the l column type.
    – Celdor
    Commented Jun 11, 2022 at 9:57
  • @user202729, what does l and p mean? It seems that I have to add |>{\raggedright\arraybackslash}p{5cm}| as in the column 3, otherwise just |p| gives an error. Commented Jun 11, 2022 at 9:59
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    You can load the makecell package and use \makecell[l]{text1 \\ text2} for standard column types.
    – Bernard
    Commented Jun 11, 2022 at 10:01

1 Answer 1


As already mentioned in comments below question:

  • Text in a cell can only be broken in so-called "paragraph" cells, i.e. in cells in columns of type p{<width>}, m{<width>} or b{<width>}, which are defines an array package or in the X type defined by the tabularx package. -In these cells text longer then cells width is broken automatically, however is possible force to break it by \newline or \par or with inserting empty line between paragraphs in cells.
  • Cells in columns of type c, l and r text cannot be broken. In those cells their width is adopted to width of contained text.

Some remarks about how to write your table:

  • use of \rule for horizontal lines is wrong. For those lines are defined \hline and cline.
  • beside them are exist plenty of other lines defined packages as booktabs, hhline, etc.
  • new packages for writing tables -- nicematrix and tabularray enables to define all table lines in theirs preambles.

An example of table written by use of tabularray package:


\begin{tblr}{hlines, vlines,
             colspec = {c l Q[l, wd=50mm] Q[l, wd=3em]},
             row{1} = {font=\bfseries, c}
ID  & text  & text  &   text                \\
1   & text  & text  &   text1 text2 \\
2   & text  & text  &                       \\
3   & text  & text\newline text2   
                    &                       \\
4   & text  & text\par text2   
                    &                       \\
5   & text  & text1

              text2 & text1 \newline text 2 \\

which produce:

enter image description here

For tabularray syntax please consult package documentation, where it is thoroughly and concise explained.

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