## Friday, January 22, 2010

### Wrapping column text in a table in LaTeX

Let's say you have the following table in LaTeX:

\begin{tabular}{|l|l|}
\hline
This is a very very long cell name.  Very long indeed
& This is a very, very, very long line that keeps on going even outside of the page!!!!! \\
\hline
\end{tabular}


The output generated from the above tabular environment is as follows:

As you can see from the above output, the text does not wrap but just keeps going off out of the page.

#### Introducing the TabularX package

To fix this problem, we will use the tabularx package and use the tabularx environment:

\usepackage{tabularx}


\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{|X|X|}
\hline
This is a very very long cell name.  Very long indeed
& This is a very, very, very long line that keeps on going even outside of the page!!!!! \\
\hline
\end{tabularx}


The generic template of the tabularx environment is as follows:

\begin{tabularx}{w}{\X\X . . .\}


where:
• w : the desired width of the table
• X : marks each column for which the width is to be adjusted

This is now the output with the tabularx environment: