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Can I mono-space variable-width fonts?

asked 2017-11-12 12:41:45 +0200

rexcolo gravatar image

I'd like to use Museo Sans but still have everything monospaced – is there an option in LibreOffice Writer where I can mono-space otherwise variable-spaced fonts or do I have to use a mono font?

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Museo Sans by designer Jos Buivenga should have many OpenType number features as table and proportional numerals. You can have a look at the glyphs of any typeface using LO's 'Special character' function under the Insert-menu, here you have an overview of all available characters in the chosen typeface/font.

Henk C. Meerhof gravatar imageHenk C. Meerhof ( 2017-11-13 20:15:52 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-11-12 16:38:19 +0200

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The font itself defines if it's monospaced or variable width, so no, you cannot select that on Writer or any other software. There are fonts that offers monospaced numerals as an OpenType feature (the +tnum tag), but nothing else. You may try switching to a good monospaced font like Source Code Pro, DejaVu Sans Mono, Fira Code (if you like fancy ligatures on a monospaced font), etc.

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In addition, most proportional fonts have mono spaced numerals that fit with the standard white space character for ease of use. Only certain special fonts come with proportional spaced numerals for use in text and mono spaced numerals for use in data/calculations

Henk C. Meerhof gravatar imageHenk C. Meerhof ( 2017-11-13 19:53:59 +0200 )edit

EditPad is a counterexample that can 'monospace' every font. It just creates a virtual grid and puts a character in every cell.

I can imagine you could create a script for Calc that transforms a text to a similar grid with one character per cell.

Mark Jeronimus gravatar imageMark Jeronimus ( 2018-02-12 11:57:59 +0200 )edit
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answered 2017-11-12 14:44:32 +0200

librebel gravatar image

Hello @rexcolo,

That is not possible in LibreOffice ( nor anywhere else that i know of ).

My best suggestion would be to use the monospaced "Consolas" font instead.

HTH, lib

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