Adjust tracking and kerning

Adjust tracking

To change the spacing between all text characters, you need to adjust tracking. Tracking is available only if you are working on a print publication.

  1. Select the paragraphs you want to change.

  2. On the Format menu, click Character Spacing.

  3. Under Tracking, do one of the following:

    • To adjust tracking automatically, click one of the preset spacing options.

    • To adjust tracking manually, click Custom, and then enter a percentage between 0.1% and 600% in the By this amount box.

Adjust kerning

To change the spacing between two specific text characters, you need to adjust kerning.

  1. Select the two characters you want to change.

  2. On the Format menu, click Character Spacing.

  3. Under Kerning, click Expand or Condense to adjust spacing, and then enter an amount between 0 points and 600 points in the By this amount box.

Change the point size at which automatic kerning begins

By default, Publisher automatically kerns text pairs sized at 14 points or higher. Text below 12 points usually doesn't need to be kerned.

  1. On the Format menu, click Character Spacing.

  2. Under Automatic pair kerning, enter a size from 0.5 to 999.9 points.

    Publisher will kern text pairs in any font size equal to or greater than the size you type.

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