I write and compile in Overleaf (Latex). In Microsoft Word there is an option called "Show All", in order to see if there is more than 1 space between words. I would like to ask, if there is something similar in Overleaf (Latex), in order to delete more space there that it should not be. Thanks.

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    I don't know if there is, but why would you care? latex makes the same output whether you put 1 or 26 spaces between words in the source file. Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 12:49
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    please always include a complete small document that shows the problem. Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 16:11

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You need nothing of that kind, because TeX is smarter than Word. Let's show it.



One two three four end.

One two  three   four    end.


With TeX any sequence of spaces (and tabs) is normalized to a single space.

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Here's with “what you see is what you get”. No, thanks.

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Disclaimer. My University has a site license for the dreaded suite of applications and, regrettably, some documents they send are only available through the said dreaded applications, which forces me to have a copy on my machine. A little advantage is being able to make some pictures like I did here.

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    I always suspected you were a secret Word user. Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 14:04
  • @DavidCarlisle It took a couple of minutes to search for the way to show/hide the dots and ¶ symbols, until I found a small button to press.
    – egreg
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 14:07
  • Thanks, though when I delete some space, things look different...Maybe another reason...that I do not understand....
    – dmtri
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 14:19
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    @dmtri An example would be needed. Note that spaces in the body of definitions are honored and endlines in the same may yield a space in output.
    – egreg
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 14:21
  • @egreg, if by definitions you do mean, Theorem envirement, (theorems, lemmas, examples, corollarry, etc), then that is the case. Thanks again.
    – dmtri
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 14:40

do you want this?

\verb*|i love  \LaTeX    yes!|

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