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I've been a pretty consistant user since WORD 5.0 and I'm now just up and running on a G4 Mac (OS 10.2.8) using WORD X. I'm now having a problem that I remember having waaaaaaay back. So far back, that I've forgotten the solution.

When I use the Times font, the spaces between the words (from last letter of a word to first letter of following word) vary so much I sometimes can't tell if I'd got a typo, i.e. no space at all, or two spaces when there should be one. Or, it looks like

there are three spaces, yet there's only one. I vaguely remember there was a menu somewhere that allowed me to turn this proportional spacing off, but I can't find it and I've been looking everywhere.

I realise this is a "feature" designed to make type more readable or esthetically appealing, but how do I control it? If anyone can shed any light on what's happening, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

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    • I've been using Word a long time, and I've never seen it except a) with full

      justification turned on, or b) with a corrupt font file.

      "Warren C." <anonymous.ms-word.questionfor.info.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:77CBF74C-EB05-49AB-A4EE-4404EEA1CA9B.ms-word.questionfor.info.microsoft.com...

      > -- Warren C. wrote: --

      >

      >

      > I've been a pretty consistant user since WORD 5.0 and I'm now just up

      and running on a G4 Mac (OS 10.2.8) using WORD X. I'm now having a problem

      that I remember having waaaaaaay back. So far back, that I've forgotten the

      solution.

      > When I use the Times font, the spaces between the words (from last

      letter of a word to first letter of following word) vary so much I sometimes

      can't tell if I'd got a typo, i.e. no space at all, or two spaces when there

      should be one. Or, it looks like there are three spaces, yet there's only

      one. I vaguely remember there was a menu somewhere that allowed me to turn

      this proportional spacing off, but I can't find it and I've been looking

      everywhere.

      > I realise this is a "feature" designed to make type more readable

      or esthetically appealing, but how do I control it? If anyone can shed any

      light on what's happening, I'd greatly appreciate it.

      > Thanks in advance!

      > ----

      > Thanks so much for the advice. It's my fault I didn't make myself clear

      enough - I was pretty tired and you forget to give all aspects of the

      problem.

      > I never use left & right-hand full justification. I'm having this problem

      when I'm using regular left-hand margin justification. Sure, it'd be futile

      at best to expect to see the same size spaces between words if I was using

      full justification - they're always shifting all over the place.

      > Back around '95 or so, I spoke to WORD Help and the rep navigated me to

      some arcane preferences tab and had me turn off what I can only recall as

      "Proportional spacing" or "proportional printing." That's all I can

      remember. How it relates to WORD X, I don't know, but it's exactly the same

      phenomenon.

      > Hasn't anyone else noticed this?

      > Thanks.

      > Warren.

      #1; Mon, 26 May 2008 14:57:00 GMT
    • What you describe might be kerning, though this is not by default in effect

      for text at body text font sizes. It might also be that you are really

      uncomfortable with the whole idea of proportional spacing. If that's the

      case, then you need to use a monospaced font such as Courier New or Letter

      Gothic.

      Suzanne S. Barnhill

      Microsoft MVP (Word)

      Words into Type

      Fairhope, Alabama USA

      Word MVP FAQ site: http://www.word.mvps.org

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      all may benefit.

      "Warren C." <anonymous.ms-word.questionfor.info.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:77CBF74C-EB05-49AB-A4EE-4404EEA1CA9B.ms-word.questionfor.info.microsoft.com...

      > -- Warren C. wrote: --

      >

      >

      > I've been a pretty consistant user since WORD 5.0 and I'm now just up

      and running on a G4 Mac (OS 10.2.8) using WORD X. I'm now having a problem

      that I remember having waaaaaaay back. So far back, that I've forgotten the

      solution.

      > When I use the Times font, the spaces between the words (from last

      letter of a word to first letter of following word) vary so much I sometimes

      can't tell if I'd got a typo, i.e. no space at all, or two spaces when there

      should be one. Or, it looks like there are three spaces, yet there's only

      one. I vaguely remember there was a menu somewhere that allowed me to turn

      this proportional spacing off, but I can't find it and I've been looking

      everywhere.

      > I realise this is a "feature" designed to make type more readable

      or esthetically appealing, but how do I control it? If anyone can shed any

      light on what's happening, I'd greatly appreciate it.

      > Thanks in advance!

      > ----

      > Thanks so much for the advice. It's my fault I didn't make myself clear

      enough - I was pretty tired and you forget to give all aspects of the

      problem.

      > I never use left & right-hand full justification. I'm having this problem

      when I'm using regular left-hand margin justification. Sure, it'd be futile

      at best to expect to see the same size spaces between words if I was using

      full justification - they're always shifting all over the place.

      > Back around '95 or so, I spoke to WORD Help and the rep navigated me to

      some arcane preferences tab and had me turn off what I can only recall as

      "Proportional spacing" or "proportional printing." That's all I can

      remember. How it relates to WORD X, I don't know, but it's exactly the same

      phenomenon.

      > Hasn't anyone else noticed this?

      > Thanks.

      > Warren.

      #2; Mon, 26 May 2008 14:58:00 GMT
    • Thanks, everyone.

      I guess I'd just better get used to it, as I don't like mono-spaced fonts.

      Again, thanks for the advice.

      #3; Mon, 26 May 2008 14:59:00 GMT
    • I hope we don't have to "get used to it"! I like certain of my documents to be printed with full justification and this flaw in Word should not keep me (us) from that. For all those who replied that this user isn't used to the spacing in full justificat

      ion, that misses the point. What he is describing is NOT random spaces between words, it's random spaces within words. These do not show up at all on the screen, just in the printed version. For the record, I have used Word (with full justification) fo

      r years and never had this problem until I upgraded to a new PC with a newer version of Windows. There should be a fix for this. Or, maybe Microsoft has an agenda to impose left justification on all documents.

      "Warren C." wrote:

      > Thanks, everyone.

      > I guess I'd just better get used to it, as I don't like mono-spaced fonts.

      > Again, thanks for the advice.

      #4; Mon, 26 May 2008 15:00:00 GMT
    • Hello Warren,

      Although the spacing can vary quite a bit, especially on-screen, the printed

      result always clearly shows that at least one space exists (for me anyway).

      Word's 'Check grammar as you type' option, under Tools|Options|Spelling &

      Grammar will also highlight any anomalies on-screen. For proof-reading

      purposes, you could simply turn off the paragraph justification.

      Left-aligned paras will have a consistent word spacing.

      Cheers

      "Warren C." <anonymous.ms-word.questionfor.info.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:EA24A45F-8A6A-4A07-ADD9-8CA36D864BD2.ms-word.questionfor.info.microsoft.com...

      >

      >

      > I've been a pretty consistant user since WORD 5.0 and I'm now just up and

      running on a G4 Mac (OS 10.2.8) using WORD X. I'm now having a problem that

      I remember having waaaaaaay back. So far back, that I've forgotten the

      solution.

      > When I use the Times font, the spaces between the words (from last letter

      of a word to first letter of following word) vary so much I sometimes can't

      tell if I'd got a typo, i.e. no space at all, or two spaces when there

      should be one. Or, it looks like there are three spaces, yet there's only

      one. I vaguely remember there was a menu somewhere that allowed me to turn

      this proportional spacing off, but I can't find it and I've been looking

      everywhere.

      > I realise this is a "feature" designed to make type more readable or

      esthetically appealing, but how do I control it? If anyone can shed any

      light on what's happening, I'd greatly appreciate it.

      > Thanks in advance!

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      #5; Mon, 26 May 2008 14:52:00 GMT
    • Word's idea of justification is typographic incompetence at its worst. It

      fails any aesthetic test, and reduces readability. Don't use it.

      "Warren C." <anonymous.ms-word.questionfor.info.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:EA24A45F-8A6A-4A07-ADD9-8CA36D864BD2.ms-word.questionfor.info.microsoft.com...

      >

      >

      > I've been a pretty consistant user since WORD 5.0 and I'm now just up and

      running on a G4 Mac (OS 10.2.8) using WORD X. I'm now having a problem that

      I remember having waaaaaaay back. So far back, that I've forgotten the

      solution.

      > When I use the Times font, the spaces between the words (from last letter

      of a word to first letter of following word) vary so much I sometimes can't

      tell if I'd got a typo, i.e. no space at all, or two spaces when there

      should be one. Or, it looks like there are three spaces, yet there's only

      one. I vaguely remember there was a menu somewhere that allowed me to turn

      this proportional spacing off, but I can't find it and I've been looking

      everywhere.

      > I realise this is a "feature" designed to make type more readable or

      esthetically appealing, but how do I control it? If anyone can shed any

      light on what's happening, I'd greatly appreciate it.

      > Thanks in advance!

      #6; Mon, 26 May 2008 14:53:00 GMT
    • Go to "Format" go to Pargraph. There is a control there for spacing. Play with it until you get what you like. You can also change the spaceing between the lines on a pull down menu.

      -- Warren C. wrote: --

      I've been a pretty consistant user since WORD 5.0 and I'm now just up and running on a G4 Mac (OS 10.2.8) using WORD X. I'm now having a problem that I remember having waaaaaaay back. So far back, that I've forgotten the solution.

      When I use the Times font, the spaces between the words (from last letter of a word to first letter of following word) vary so much I sometimes can't tell if I'd got a typo, i.e. no space at all, or two spaces when there should be one. Or, it looks

      like there are three spaces, yet there's only one. I vaguely remember there was a menu somewhere that allowed me to turn this proportional spacing off, but I can't find it and I've been looking everywhere.

      I realise this is a "feature" designed to make type more readable or esthetically appealing, but how do I control it? If anyone can shed any light on what's happening, I'd greatly appreciate it.

      Thanks in advance!

      #7; Mon, 26 May 2008 14:54:00 GMT
    • Expanding on the last point, I would suggest leaving the document with

      left alignment while you're working on it, and only when you're finished

      and ready to print, switch to the right justification. There's no point

      in typing in a document while it's justified, since that makes the text

      keep moving weirdly in both directions as you're inserting new text.

      Ctrl+L is left align, Ctrl+J is right justified.

      Larry

      "macropod" <pNeOd.sStPeAiMn.ms-word.questionfor.info.pcug.org.au (del NO.SPAM)> wrote in message

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      > Hello Warren,

      > Although the spacing can vary quite a bit, especially on-screen, the

      printed

      > result always clearly shows that at least one space exists (for me

      anyway).

      > Word's 'Check grammar as you type' option, under

      Tools|Options|Spelling &[vbcol=seagreen]

      > Grammar will also highlight any anomalies on-screen. For proof-reading

      > purposes, you could simply turn off the paragraph justification.

      > Left-aligned paras will have a consistent word spacing.

      > Cheers

      >

      > "Warren C." <anonymous.ms-word.questionfor.info.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      > news:EA24A45F-8A6A-4A07-ADD9-8CA36D864BD2.ms-word.questionfor.info.microsoft.com...

      up and

      > running on a G4 Mac (OS 10.2.8) using WORD X. I'm now having a

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      > should be one. Or, it looks like there are three spaces, yet there's

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      > light on what's happening, I'd greatly appreciate it.

      >

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      #8; Mon, 26 May 2008 14:55:00 GMT
    • -- Warren C. wrote: --

      I've been a pretty consistant user since WORD 5.0 and I'm now just up and running on a G4 Mac (OS 10.2.8) using WORD X. I'm now having a problem that I remember having waaaaaaay back. So far back, that I've forgotten the solution.

      When I use the Times font, the spaces between the words (from last letter of a word to first letter of following word) vary so much I sometimes can't tell if I'd got a typo, i.e. no space at all, or two spaces when there should be one. Or, it looks

      like there are three spaces, yet there's only one. I vaguely remember there was a menu somewhere that allowed me to turn this proportional spacing off, but I can't find it and I've been looking everywhere.

      I realise this is a "feature" designed to make type more readable or esthetically appealing, but how do I control it? If anyone can shed any light on what's happening, I'd greatly appreciate it.

      Thanks in advance!

      Thanks so much for the advice. It's my fault I didn't make myself clear enough - I was pretty tired and you forget to give all aspects of the problem.

      I never use left & right-hand full justification. I'm having this problem when I'm using regular left-hand margin justification. Sure, it'd be futile at best to expect to see the same size spaces between words if I was using full justification - they're

      always shifting all over the place.

      Back around '95 or so, I spoke to WORD Help and the rep navigated me to some arcane preferences tab and had me turn off what I can only recall as "Proportional spacing" or "proportional printing." That's all I can remember. How it relates to WORD X, I d

      on't know, but it's exactly the same phenomenon.

      Hasn't anyone else noticed this?

      Thanks.

      Warren.

      #9; Mon, 26 May 2008 14:56:00 GMT