I really like the spaced font that's done for the headings in


Is there a single command I can use to achieve the same effect for fragments of writing? I just want to write

\specialfont{fancy spaced writing here}

Thank you.

  • Please tell us which tex engine and format -- pdfLaTeX, XeLaTeX, LuaLaTeX, something else? -- you use. Please also clarify what you mean by "spaced font". E.g., do you mean letter-spacing? Should the \specialfont macro use the same font face (albeit letter-spaced) as is in use in the surrounding text, or should a different font face be used? If so, which one?
    – Mico
    Apr 21, 2017 at 4:31
  • I don't know if spacing is considered different than font. All I'm saying is that I want the text I have written in my command to look the way "subsection, my friend" looks in the link. It would be great to be able to make the font different from the surrounding text (the font itself is not so important, but I would like to know how to be able to change it). I don't know what engine I have. How do I find out? Apr 21, 2017 at 4:35
  • What does the first line of the .log file say? E.g., does it start with "This is pdfTeX, Version ..."?
    – Mico
    Apr 21, 2017 at 4:38
  • yes pdfTeX version 3.14 Apr 21, 2017 at 4:39

1 Answer 1


Since you're using pdfLaTeX, you could load either the microtype or the letterspace package and employ the \textls* macro.

The amount of letterspacing (also known as "tracking") may be set via the optional argument of \textls*. In the example below, I've chosen a value of 100; feel free to change this setting as you see fit.

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\usepackage{letterspace} % or: \usepackage{microtype}
\specialfont{fancy letterspaced writing here}

  • :-) ............ Apr 23, 2017 at 7:26

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