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### 5.5. Color in tables

The LaTeX color commands provided by the color package are modeled on the font commands and may be used freely within tables. In particular, it is often convenient to use the array package preamble option > in order to apply a color to a whole column.

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It is perhaps more common to use color as a background to highlight certain rows or columns. In this case using the \fcolorbox command from the color package does not give the desired result, as typically the background should cover the full extent of the table cell. The colortbl package (by David Carlisle) provides several commands to provide colored backgrounds and rules in tables.

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