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).


 This is an example. 
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    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
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    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
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    ... Not that I would deliberately use Times for anything. – marczellm Jan 15 '14 at 23:38
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    @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:

Examples of fonts narrower than CMR with bold weights and standard support packages

\newcommand*{\test}{This is an example. and \textbf{This is some bold.}\par}

 Venturis Old:\par

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?


Usage (from the website):

\renewcommand*\familydefault{\sfdefault} %% Only if the base font of the     document is to be sans serif

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.

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