Tables are common elements in most scientific documents, L a T e X provides a large set of tools to customize tables, change the size, combine cells, change the colour of cells and so on. This article explains how. The tabular environment is the default L a T e X method to create tables.
L a T e X is an editing tool that takes care of the format so you only have to worry about the contents of your document. Nevertheless, sometimes a better control of floating elements is necessary. This article explains how to position images and tables in a L a T e X document.
Tables are a common feature in academic writing, often used to summarize research results. Mastering the art of table construction in LaTeX is therefore necessary to produce quality papers and with sufficient practice one can print beautiful tables of any kind. Keeping in mind that LaTeX is not a spreadsheet, it makes sense to use a dedicated tool to build tables and then to export these tables into the document.
This center environment can cause additional vertical space. The additional space of the center environment is caused by a trivlist environment. Its defined by latex.
Tables are great to visualize data in a structured way. Unfortunately, too often I see tables which are cluttered and difficult to read and interpret. It takes little to make them more presentable and easier to read.
Please, be aware that the support for loading tables from an existing LaTeX code is severely limited and may work erroneously or may not work at all. For more professionally looking tables you probably want to try booktabs package. The tables produced with this style look more like the tables you can see in the books, scientific articles, and newspapers.
At first we're going to create a simple table like this:. After showing you how to modify this table according to your needs, I will also show you how to make your tables prettier and turn the table above into this:. Of course it's up to your personal preference, but most of the time, I've found that the second table is much more readable and easier on the eye than the first table. Afterwards I'm also going to show you, how to do some more elaborate things such as having rows and colums spend multiple cells as well as orienting tables sideways on the page useful for tables with many columns and how to have tables span multiple pages useful for tables with many rows.