Open Office

  loopyloo 19:35 29 May 09

I am using Open Office for the first time and I have written a letter. The thing I have noticed with the text lettering is that some of the letters are spaced fine and others are what I would call bunched up and it doesn't look right. Is this normal for this program if so is there another free word processing program which doesn't do this.

  johnnyrocker 19:55 29 May 09

what about changing fonts?


  csqwared 20:28 29 May 09

Format/Character/Position the last option is 'Spacing'. Check that this is set a t 'Default' and you might try unticking (if it's ticked) he 'Pair kerning' tick box. I've used this app for some time now in both Windows and Linux without problem.


  loopyloo 22:35 29 May 09

I've tried changing fonts and it makes no difference. The spacing inbetween letters is not all the same space. Some are squashed and some are spaced out.

  BT 07:57 30 May 09

It seems to be something to do with the font size. If you highlight a section of text and change the font size the effect changes.
I have just been checking, and using Ariel at 12pt you see the effect. Change to 11pt or 13pt and it disappears. It seems to only be an on-screen effect and does not appear on the printout.

  Charence 15:16 30 May 09

Have you made everything 'justified'? If so, it's probably stretching spaces to make it fit. To solve this go to Tools > Language > Hyphenation to span words across lines.

  BT 16:15 30 May 09

Yes but Justifiaction should only stretch the spaces between words not compress the spaces between letters which seems to be whats happening at certain font sizes.

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