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## Thick vertical lines in tabular

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### Thick vertical lines in tabular

I am trying to make a table but with thicker lines for all the outer lines. All of the packages suggest that you should never, ever use vertical lines and don't support thicker vertical lines...well what if I need to?!

I've found and example of what I want but it is written in TeX...

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{\offinterlineskip\tabskip=0pt\halign{ \vrule height2.75ex depth1.25ex width 1pt #\tabskip=1em &\hfil 0.#\hfil &\vrule # & \qquad$0.#\,\pi$\hfil &\vrule # &\hfil 0.#\hfil &#\vrule width 1pt \tabskip=0pt\cr\noalign{\hrule height 1pt}& \omit$\alpha_s$ &&\omit star angle && \omit diquark size [fm] & \cr\noalign{\hrule}& 3 && 22 && 34 &\cr& 4 && 14 && 22 &\cr& 5 && 095 && 15 &\cr\noalign{\hrule height 1pt}}}

Any Help?
Last edited by cgnieder on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012, edited 1 time in total.
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pooley343

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### Re: Thick vertical lines in tabular

Hi,

the following example illustrates one possibility:
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\documentclass{article}\usepackage{array}\begin{document}\begin{center}  \renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.3}  \begin{tabular}{!{\vrule width 2pt}c|c|c!{\vrule width 2pt}c|c|c%  !{\vrule width 2pt}c|c|c!{\vrule width 2pt}}    \noalign{\hrule height 2pt}    1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9\\ \hline    1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9\\ \hline    1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9\\ \noalign{\hrule height 2pt}    1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9\\ \hline    1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9\\ \hline    1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9\\ \noalign{\hrule height 2pt}    1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9\\ \hline    1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9\\ \hline    1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & 9\\ \noalign{\hrule height 2pt}  \end{tabular}\end{center}\end{document}

To change a vertical line's width, use
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!{\vrule width <unit>}
To change a horizontal line's width, use
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\noalign{\hrule height <unit>}
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gmedina

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### Re: Thick vertical lines in tabular

Gmedina, thanks very much for this old post of yours. This morning I was looking for how to increase the line width of vertical lines in tables. I spent a lot of time searching and only found people giving advice about why there should be no vertical lines in tables, which was useless to me since normal form representations of games in Game theory often have vertical lines. Then I came across this helpful post of yours, on this ever helpful forum.
curiouslearn

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### Re: Thick vertical lines in tabular

curiouslearn wrote:[...] I spent a lot of time searching and only found people giving advice about why there should be no vertical lines in tables, which was useless to me since normal form representations of games in Game theory often have vertical lines. [...]

Avoiding vertical lines is still true for tables containing normal text to improve readability. If the special purpose of a table is made clear right at the beginning, nobody will refuse to help in creating a table with vertical lines.

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### Re: Thick vertical lines in tabular

Thanks, Thorsten. I understand. Can someone please tell me how I can use the thickness of \cline lines, that is lines which only span a few columns. Alternatively, how can the thicker horizontal lines drawn using the method suggested by gmedina can be restricted to only a few columns.

Thanks for any help.
curiouslearn

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### Re: Thick vertical lines in tabular

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\newlength{\arrayrulewidthOriginal}\newcommand{\Cline}[2]{%  \noalign{\global\setlength{\arrayrulewidthOriginal}{\arrayrulewidth}}%  \noalign{\global\setlength{\arrayrulewidth}{#1}}\cline{#2}%  \noalign{\global\setlength{\arrayrulewidth}{\arrayrulewidthOriginal}}}

Then write, for example, \Cline{2pt}{4-7} where you would use \cline{4-7}.
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Juanjo

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### Re: Thick vertical lines in tabular

THANKS, Juanjo, this is exactly what I have been looking for
This definitely is the easiest way to handle table line thickness. GREAT!
Da Masda

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