I have a slight issue while writing my thesis. The examination office of my university allows no more than 20 pages of text (and they are very strict about that).

They normally also require you to use "Times New Roman"; however, the LaTeX default font is okay, too.

I figured out that letter spacing of the default font compared to Times (\usepackage{mathptmx}) is much larger. Since I reached my page limit and still have something to say and don't really like the look of Times I was wondering whether there is another font similar to the default one but with smaller spacing?

Thanks in advance! Patrick

  • If you compile with xelatex instead of pdflatex, you can use whatever font you want with the fontspec package, which will let you play with spacing directly. Otherwise, see the font catalogue and the fonts available from CTAN (which were likely included in your distribution). – Sean Allred Jun 26 '15 at 16:15
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    However, first I'd try loading the microtype package. It can surprise you with how much space it can save. (microtype is short for microtypography -- tiny, tiny enhancements.) – Sean Allred Jun 26 '15 at 16:17
  • Thanks Sean! The font catalogue I already knew about, but I wanted something very similar in style to the default one. As to the microtype package -- that's basically what I was looking for. I will try to play around a little and see whether I can cramp out a couple more rows :-) – NFX Jun 27 '15 at 7:29

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