I sometimes use ~ in LaTeX to keep for example "Figure" together with its \ref. However, in some cases where LaTeX has to stretch a line quite a lot to fill it, it appears that ~ is fixed-width. It becomes much shorter than the other, unusually wide spaces on that line. Is there another character that achieves a non-breaking space but allows varying the width?

  • That means you have an underfull box. What you are looking for is available in Word and you know it is not a good idea ;) You might like cleveref package instead. – percusse Oct 2 '15 at 16:42
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    As Ulrike shows, ~ is stretchable. If it is not for you, then you need to provide a minimal working example (MWE) that shows the problem. – yo' Oct 2 '15 at 16:52
  • Word... :-) I know cleveref but cannot always use it due to journal requirements. BTW how does cleveref achieve non-breaking? – Thomas Arildsen Oct 2 '15 at 17:07

~ has not a fixed width, at least not with its default definition:


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