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## removing vertical lines in tables

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i want to make a table that only has continuous vertical lines that span a part of the table and not the whole table, for example from rows 4 to 8. As far as i know, when the tabular environment is created, you have to declare where the vertical lines go and so these vertical lines span the entire length of the table. To be more specific, i want to do for vertical lines what \cline does for horizontal lines. i have searched the internet for resources such as this and can't seem to find anything. please help.
suzanne hugo

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You should avoid vertical lines in general to improve readability of your tables. Show us an example (code) and describe exactly where you want to remove those lines.

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Okay, here is an example of what the table does at the moment...i would like to remove the vertical line on the right for the first two rows, so that the numbers are enclosed in a box, with the labels on the outside. Thank you!

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\begin{tabular}{c c|c c c c|}  \multicolumn{2}{c}{} & Piano & Trumpet & Flute & Viola\\  \multicolumn{2}{c}{}& \textbf{pno} & \textbf{tpt} & \textbf{flt} & \textbf{vla}\\  \cline{3-6}   Piano & \textbf{pno} & 0 & 0.5 & 0.25 & 0.75\\  Trumpet & \textbf{tpt} & 0 & 0 & 0.25 & 0.5\\  Flute & \textbf{flt} & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0.75\\  Viola & \textbf{vla} & 0& 0 & 0 & 0\\   \cline{3-6}\end{tabular}
suzanne hugo

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You can put these cells inside a multicolumn of just one column:

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\documentclass[a4paper]{article}\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}\begin{document}\begin{tabular}{c c|c c c c|}\multicolumn{2}{c}{} & Piano & Trumpet & Flute & \multicolumn{1}{c}{Viola}\\\multicolumn{2}{c}{}& \textbf{pno} & \textbf{tpt} & \textbf{flt} & \multicolumn{1}{c}{\textbf{vla}}\\\cline{3-6}Piano & \textbf{pno} & 0 & 0.5 & 0.25 & 0.75\\Trumpet & \textbf{tpt} & 0 & 0 & 0.25 & 0.5\\Flute & \textbf{flt} & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0.75\\Viola & \textbf{vla} & 0& 0 & 0 & 0\\\cline{3-6}\end{tabular}\end{document}
Keta

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thank you so much, it works perfectly!
suzanne hugo

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