Letterspacing, or tracking, is the uniform adjustment of the space between letters of a font. Not to be confused with kerning.

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Too much space before digit “1”

In many fonts, the digit 1 contains a lot of empty space on its left side. Maybe this is desirable inside a number like 512, but it looks wrong to me when the 1 appears at the beginning of a word, as ...
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Enlarging tracking (= letter spacing)

I am trying to enlarge letter spacing. I have already tried soul package, but it seems it can enlarge only for a single phrase and i would like to enlarge for entire document. Soul command was ...
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Letterspacing/font expansion in LuaLaTeX

I am a few months into learning LaTeX. I would like to use microtype with LuaLaTeX and I would like to obtain letter spacing for my smallcaps. I've tried to follow some of the threads on the subject ...
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Microtype gives wrong letterspacing in math mode

Using the \lsstyle command gives wrong math latterspacing afterwards. I came upon this problem when using the classicthesis and putting math in a section (microtype is used there too). After the ...
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How can I get Sperrsatz?

Sperrsatz is a special kind of emphasis often used in combination with blackletter fonts. A word in Sperrsatz has 0.125 em spaces between its characters, but some ligatures are preserved. For example: ...
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How do I get microtype's “outer spacing” to work with the xspace package?

Microtype adds extra space to the start and end of letterspaced text, configured via the \SetTracking command's "outer spacing" option. Unfortunately, xspace breaks this. For example, I define a few ...
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Making text narrow

I'm using \textlsfrom the microtype package to increase space between letters, but I can't find a command that will make a text look narrow (or maybe a very narrow serif font?). What is the best way ...
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fully stretch text horizontally on page

Is there a way to fully stretch one line of text on the full width of the page, without manually setting the letter spacing, no matter how many characters on the line?
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Letterspacing via microtype vs fontspec (in LuaLaTeX)

I've just realised that I can get somewhat similar letterspacing effects using either the microtype or fontspec packages; for example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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Letterspacing, Minion Pro, and Tufte-LaTeX (problem with running header)

I'm trying to use Minion Pro with the Tufte-LaTeX class. Basically, I've got it working, but I have a problem with letterspacing the small caps for the running header. Rather than appearing in small ...
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Letter with ' (and correct spacing)

I am struggling with a problem I can't even name properly: I'm writing an article about an object A as well as its slightly different variant A'. I am wondering what character/symbol and/or spacing ...
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Artificially improving default TeX algo results for balancing interword spacing

I'm trying to build rectangular paragraphs. That is, paragraphs which are both left as well as right aligned. For large paragraphs I can tell TeX I'd like a rectangular end result. Consider the below ...
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The caption package and letterspacing

Problem Statement I adjusted the caption format for my figures and tables using the caption package, such that the words "Figure" and "Table" are typeset using small caps. Now I want to obtain ...
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XeLaTeX: Letterspacing with swashes

I'm trying to use XeLaTeX to typeset a word in EB Garamond, and I want only two of the letters in the word to have swashes. However, the swashed characters screw up the letterspacing: ...
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XeLaTeX: Space between letters

I use XeLaTeX. I need that words look stretched in some places in the document. How I can configure the space between letters in a word?
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How to use inter letter space for justified alignment?

I have a long sanskrit compound taking up almost a line, but leaving a small space at the right margin empty, too small for the first syllable of the next word, thus breaking the justified alignment. ...
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Keeping the distance between mathematical symbols consistent?

In order to make text flushed both left and right, latex adjusts the distance between words, and to a lesser extent, the distance between characters within a word. This is good, however it also ...
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Center-justify with hrule above and below

On my title page, I have something like this: \rule{\linewidth}{0.25mm}\\[0.25cm] \huge \textbf{This is my title, it is somewhat long and split over two lines!}\\[0.25cm] \normalsize ...
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How to determine width of \textls? \settowidth doesn't work

Using microtype's \textls, how can I determine the width of the resulting text? Here is a MWE that does not work: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[log-functions=false]{expl3} ...
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What's up with the spacing between letters inside $…$?

When I write $VSS$ in my LaTeX studio, it behaves it as if there is a space between V and S (i.e. V SS). Is there a way to fix this? I tried \scalebox{.85}[1.0]{$VSS$}, but it did not work well. ...
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ragged2e breaks soul package \textbf{} spacing

If you compile the XeLaTeX below you will see the output is not-as-expected for the bold part of the text i.e. it is: underline underline boldboldbold In other words the spacing of the bold elements ...
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Capital letter expanded letter space kerning

I am using the following code \usepackage{microtype,textcase} \textls*[110]{\textbf{\MakeUppercase{Specialties}}} I would like to achieve even letter spacing. Unfortunately, the kerning of the ...
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Letterspacing titles with LuaLaTeX

I'm using LuaLaTeX to write my thesis and I've been learning about typography thanks to Robert Bringhurst's "The elements of typographic style". Problem is I can't replicate the letterspacing used in ...
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letterspacing italic small caps automatically

The MinionPro-It.otf file I am using contains italic small caps, confirmed with otfinfo -f MinionPro-It.otf and cfftot1 MinionPro-It.otf | t1testpage | epstopdf --filter > MinionPro-It.pdf. The ...
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Microtype's tracking feature works with some fonts, not others

In the code below, tracking works with the libertine font, but not with the Alegreya font. Why is this, and how can I fix it? \documentclass{article} \usepackage[tracking = true, letterspace = ...
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New command for spacing letters in microtype

How can i make a new command that increases the space in between the letters. I do not want to use the already existing commands like \textsc, \Large or \footnotesize; and if it's possible I prefer a ...
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Why is the space between words in my source code listing so big?

I used the following code to list my java code, but the it looks like there's too much space between words. What can I do? % source code listing \usepackage{listings} \usepackage{color} ...
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Switching a string in a token register to lowercase and processing via the package soul

I would like to store a string in a token register, transform it to all-lowercase, and process the resulting string via the macro \caps provided by the package soul. That is to say, transform the ...
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Weird spacing with DejaVu Sans Mono with MiKTeX's XeLaTeX

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \setmainfont{DejaVu Serif} \setsansfont{DejaVu Sans} \setmonofont{DejaVu Sans Mono} \begin{document} Hello World! \textsf{Hello World!} ...
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Change document-wide interletter, interword and interline spacing

According to the 2012 paper Extra-large letter spacing improves reading in dyslexia, some spacing adjustments could make reading easier for dyslexic people, namely Add 2.5pt to interletter space 3 ...
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How can I replicate verbatim's letter spacing in listings? [duplicate]

I was trying to imitate the code listings in the book Mathematical Recipes in C, I understand that it uses the CM TT font. What I am interested is in the proportion between the text and the code, and ...
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Prevent LaTeX from Preventing Hyphenation

So I know that a common technique in typography to avoid hyphens at a line break is to adjust the spacing of words and letters slightly. I was not aware of LaTeX doing this until today, but now it is ...
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Using microtype letterspacing with LuaTeX, Version beta-0.70.2-2012062812

Does the letterspacing (and tracking) options of microtype not work with the latest version of LuaTeX? When I try: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[no-math]{fontspec} ...
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Bad horizontal spacing when using the fourier/utopia font

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fourier} \begin{document} If \(0<b<1\). \emph{If \(0<b<1\)}. \emph{If 0<b<1} \end{document} that yields the ...
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Letterspacing memoir section headers

I'd like to add letterspacing to the \section commands with \setsecheadstyle in a memoir book. I tried using soul: \sodef\soSection{}{.1em}{.5em plus.1em}{.1em plus.1em minus.1em} ...
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Using letterspacing for better justification

According to R. Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographic Style" (version 3.1, 2004, pp. 190-192), the best justification is achieved by a combination of three methods: flexibly altering the space ...
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Disabling interword spacing for periods following capital letters

By default, LaTex inserts a longer, intersentence space after a period. The exception is if the period follows a capital letter, in which case an interword space is assumed. This thread describes ...
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How to improve this text highlighting?

I want to highlight some letters which represent an amino acid sequence of a protein using different colors. The below code works fine, but the highlighted box is not fitting exactly the letters, as ...
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Letterspace all caps in document

How does one letterspace all uppercase letters in a document? I can achieve this for small caps with fontspec: \usepackage{fontspec} \setmainfont[SmallCapsFeatures = {LetterSpace = 7.5}]{Warnock ...
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Sentences alignment error with the lettrine package

I want to align the two starting words in two sentences with each other ('ROM' in the first line with 'may' in the second line) How could I do that? Here is the working code: \usepackage{lettrine} ...
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change spacedallcaps and spacedlowsmallcaps to something like spacedsmallcaps (classicthesis)

Instead of \spacedallcaps and \spacedlowsmallcaps would like to have big and small capitals (like \scshape) but keep the definitions for space between the letters, size, colour, ... With ...
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Adjust custom made upright greek letters when used in subscripts

I really like how Steven is generating upright greek letters in his answer: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \newsavebox{\foobox} \newcommand{\slantbox}[2][0]{\mbox{% \sbox{\foobox}{#2}% ...
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Switching text case with package collcell

I would like to use the package collcell to change the case of every string in a column of a tabuenvironment. I know there are workarounds to do this without resorting to the package, but none of ...
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How to fill horizontal space properly in underfull multilined url (in footnote)?

Footnote code: \footnote{\url{http://blog.draw.io/creating-custom-stylizable-shapes-with-specific-connection-points} (besucht am 16.06.2015)}. The footnote produces a multiline output (2 lines) due ...
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Adjusting letterspacing in ConTeXt [closed]

I need to adjust the letterspacing of the font I'm using. I'm currently using the font like this: \usemodule[simplefonts] \definefontfeature[default][default][protrusion=quality,expansion=quality] ...
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How to force text condensation

I have a title, that's written in font family with no condensed face. But I still want to bring letters closer to each other due to typographical reason. I find couple of ways to change ...
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Zero space between characters, decibel sign

My MWE, \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{scrbook} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \begin{document} dB \end{document} output, But I want zero (maybe negative) space between d and B. That is I didn't find ...
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CJK spacing suddenly no longer works

I have been using CJK script in my documents successfully for some time, but today it suddenly stopped working properly. I did update some packages through TeX Live today, and recently I reinstalled a ...
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italic correction in math mode

I use txfonts and \texttt in italics in math mode, but the letters' italic correction is not working: an italic/"TT" letter "d" adjacent to a closing parenthesis touches it. Here is minimal sample ...
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Cover letter with Sender and Recipient on the left-hand-side

I would like to use the documentclass letter but only moving the sender -field to the left-hand-side. Minimal example from here: \documentclass{letter} \usepackage{hyperref} \signature{Joe Bloggs} ...