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cells_stub() is used to target the table's stub cells and it is useful when applying a footnote with tab_footnote() or adding a custom style with tab_style(). The function is expressly used in each of those functions' locations argument. Here are several ways that a stub location might be available in a gt table: (1) through specification of a rowname_col in gt(), (2) by introducing a data frame with row names to gt() with rownames_to_stub = TRUE, or (3) by using summary_rows() or grand_summary_rows() with neither of the previous two conditions being true.


cells_stub(rows = everything())



Rows to target

<row-targeting expression> // default: everything()

The rows to which targeting operations are constrained. The default everything() results in all rows in columns being formatted. Alternatively, we can supply a vector of row IDs within c(), a vector of row indices, or a select helper function. Examples of select helper functions include starts_with(), ends_with(), contains(), matches(), one_of(), num_range(), and everything(). We can also use expressions to filter down to the rows we need (e.g., [colname_1] > 100 & [colname_2] < 50).


A list object with the classes cells_stub and location_cells.


Using a transformed version of the sza dataset, let's create a gt table. Color all of the month values in the table stub with tab_style(), using cells_stub() in locations.

sza |>
  dplyr::filter(latitude == 20 & tst <= "1000") |>
  dplyr::select(-latitude) |>
  dplyr::filter(! |>
  tidyr::spread(key = "tst", value = sza) |>
  gt(rowname_col = "month") |>
  sub_missing(missing_text = "") |>
    style = list(
      cell_fill(color = "darkblue"),
      cell_text(color = "white")
    locations = cells_stub()

This image of a table was generated from the first code example in the `cells_stub()` help file.

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Function Introduced

v0.2.0.5 (March 31, 2020)