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I would like to have a font with all characters the same width.

For example, a W is wider than an i in most fonts ...Is there any font that has all characters equally wide?

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There are too many to list. Simply search for "monospaced", "fixed-width", or "non-proportional" font, and you would be able to find many examples. –  Ananda Mahto Dec 4 '12 at 5:41
    
o..Thz..I don't know the keyword: monospaced –  Ted Wong Dec 4 '12 at 6:20
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Fun fact - the code button you used to highlight the "W" and "i" in your question switches to a monospaced font... so the W and i right there in your question are in a font that is making them have the same width :) Look at the CSS for it using inspect element in your browser and in 'font-family' you get a big long list of monospaced fonts: Droid Sans Mono',Consolas,Menlo,Monaco,Lucida Console,Liberation Mono,DejaVu Sans Mono,Bitstream Vera Sans Mono,Courier New,monospace,serif –  user568458 Dec 5 '12 at 2:23

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What to search for

The type style you're looking for is monospace. Wikipedia explains it well.

A monospaced font, also called a fixed-pitch, fixed-width, or non-proportional font, is a font whose letters and characters each occupy the same amount of horizontal space. [...]

Examples of monospaced fonts include Courier, Courier New, Lucida Console, Monaco, and Consolas. [...]

Ubiquitous options

These days, just about every computer has one or both of these fonts:

Consolas

Courier

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Fonts have 2 characteristics that will affect character spacing: width and kerning. Kerning determines when two adjacent characters can overlap. For instance, when you write AT, the leftmost part of the T bar may actually be positioned LEFT of the lowest part of the right branch of the A. Although fixed width fonts may allow kerning, it is rarely the case.

Anyway, if you want to choose a fixed-width font, you can use the following text

  • IIIIIIIIII
  • HHHHHHHHHH
  • AAAAATTTTT
  • ATATATATAT

and look at the appearance using various fonts. If the first 2 lines have the same length, then it is fixed width. If the last 2 lines have the same length, then there is no kerning. I.e., you want all 4 lines to have the same length.

In Microsoft Word 2007 on Windows, the following fonts seem to be fixed-length, no kerning:

  • BatangChe
  • Consolas
  • Courier New
  • DFKai-SB
  • DotunChe
  • GulimChe
  • GungSahChe
  • KaiTi
  • Lucida Console
  • MingLiU
  • MS Gothic
  • MS MinChe
  • NSimSun
  • SimHei
  • Simplified Arabic Fixed
  • SimSun
  • SimSun-ExtB
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I have used MS mincho. that is a monospace font, but not that much narrower. years back i used a version of Courier but I cannot recall the exact name.

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