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If I use \begin{textbf} and \end{textbf} (for example) inside a minipage, it seems to apply only to the first character. Here's a simple example:



This is a test.


Only the "T" of "This" appears bold. Am I doing something very stupid? (Probably!)

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\begingroup\textbf This \endgroup

which is

\begingroup\textbf{T}his \endgroup

So the fact that it only affects the T is unrelated to the minipage.

You want the declarative version \bfseries not the \textbf command which takes an argument.

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