When I use certain typefaces InDesign, in this case Roboto, the typeface auto adds spacing at the top inside the text box. This makes it difficult to align it perfectly with other objects. Is there some way to make this typeface always remove this spacing? (See image below) I know there are temporary workarounds, but I'd rather not have to do that every time I use the typeface, it can also be inaccurate that way.

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    Hi driverpizza, welcome to GDSE, "PROGRAM DATE:" is not Roboto, there's something wrong in your image, this "R" is from another font. On the other side it seems that you are using small caps, and these work as lowercase letters, leaving space for the ascenders.
    – user120647
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 17:39
  • According to my document it is Roboto, and small caps is off. Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 18:33
  • That top line looks far more like Helvetica than Roboto - at least the R does.
    – Scott
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 8:14
  • @Scott It is the android version of Roboto downloaded from font squirrel. Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 16:16
  • That doesn't mean it's a valid font. That R is exceptionally suspect. Just check it against Google's page
    – Scott
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 18:33

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This is an InDesign text frame with Roboto as the font. The character R is not the same as in the question, and the two dots are rounded.


  • Select the first paragraph and verify there is no character style applied
  • Go to Menu Type > Show Hidden Characters to check there are no invisible characters with different specifications from the text
  • Is it a Roboto font downloaded from the internet? Google font?
  • Okay, after some research, Roboto was also created for androids and is slightly different (can be mistaken for Helvetica). The Roboto I downloaded was from Font Squirrel. There is no hidden characters throwing off the type. I'm guessing it is just how the typeface was designed. Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 16:15
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    Irrelevant to the question I realize, but think this image may have used an old version of Roboto. When it launched the curled-leg R in the style of Helvetica was the default, and punctuation dots were square. Both have now been changed but the original R is still available if you click on stylistic set 3.
    – Copilot
    Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 13:58

For this reason I almost always set my text frame to offset by the Cap Height. The text starts at the margin and when I need to centre type in a frame it centres better, especially if it is in ALL CAPS.

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