# Set the default font narrower

I was trying to find the answer for my problem, but I didn't found anything good. The default font in Latex is Computer_Modern. But in my document, the letters are very wide. Is any possibility to set this default font narrower? I tried to use another fonts, but then everything in document is changing (for example, the section and subsection topics aren't bold, what is not good for me).

\documentclass[11pt,titlepage]{article}
\usepackage[MeX]{polski}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\usepackage[pdftex]{color,graphicx}
\usepackage{geometry}
\usepackage{amsfonts}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{url}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\geometry{verbose,a4paper,tmargin=2.8cm,bmargin=2.5cm,lmargin=2.6cm,rmargin=2.6cm}
\pagestyle{plain}
\usepackage{textcomp}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\begin{document}
This is an example.
\end{document}

• Can you show a minimal example of what you have? – egreg Jan 15 '14 at 22:28
• @egreg But you want to see the fragment of pdf file or a pice of code where I set the font? – Ziva Jan 15 '14 at 22:46
• A very widely used narrow font is Times and its variants. Of all its LaTeX variants maybe \usepackage{newtxtext, newtxmath} is the best currently. – marczellm Jan 15 '14 at 23:09
• ... Not that I would deliberately use Times for anything. – marczellm Jan 15 '14 at 23:38
• @Ziva And it is not a good idea (typographically) to alter fonts in that way. Much better to use a font whose creator designed it with narrower glyphs than to deform one designed with wider characters. It need not be Times - marczellm was just giving that as an example. Obviously if you want bold section headings, just make sure you pick a font which has bold. Most do. Which alternatives have you tried? – cfr Jan 16 '14 at 2:37

Just to give some examples of narrower fonts with bold faces for which packages are provided on CTAN and in TeX Live:

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\newcommand*{\test}{This is an example. and \textbf{This is some bold.}\par}

\begin{document}
CMR:\par
\test
\renewcommand{\rmdefault}{yvt}\rmfamily
Venturis:\par
\test
\renewcommand{\rmdefault}{yv2}\rmfamily
Venturis2:\par
\test
\renewcommand{\rmdefault}{yvo}\rmfamily
Venturis Old:\par
\test
\renewcommand{\rmdefault}{ybv}\rmfamily
\test
\renewcommand{\rmdefault}{ybd}\rmfamily
Berenis:\par
\test
\renewcommand{\rmdefault}{gentium}\rmfamily
Gentium:\par
\test
\end{document}


Don't use those commands if you want to use these fonts, obviously, load the relevant packages instead e.g. \usepackage{venturis2} or whatever.

Have you checked out this package?

http://www.tug.dk/FontCatalogue/paratypesansnarrow/

Usage (from the website):

\usepackage{PTSansNarrow}
\renewcommand*\familydefault{\sfdefault} %% Only if the base font of the     document is to be sans serif
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}


It allows you to define a new default font which is significantly narrower. In did not experience any changes in the layout of the document as you mention.