hoping someone can shed some light on my situation.

I am facing something I have never faced before. As I type in a text box, no matter the font, there seems to be some kind of behavioral rule telling the font to shrink ever so slightly. It only does this to characters an x amount of characters behind the character currently being typed.

Here is a gif showing what I mean: https://i.sstatic.net/Ge7dK.jpg

This happens with various fonts using this paragraph style, and does not happen using the basic paragraph style or in other documents. So I am pretty sure it is due to something in the paragraph style or character style, but I am not sure what it is. Does anyone have any ideas how to fix this?

This is in a book document, with various paragraph styles and character styles used, some of which include GREP styles for tidying up word widows. I am using InDesign CS6.

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    Would appear to be some sort of screen preview update.
    – Scott
    Feb 2, 2021 at 3:42
  • But in the same document with a different paragraph style it doesn't occur... Feb 2, 2021 at 3:43
  • Font conflict maybe? Two similarly named fonts from different foundries? -- Just guessing really.
    – Scott
    Feb 2, 2021 at 4:57
  • Make sure you clear any paragraph overrides and try again. Otherwise, possible graphics card driver issue. Try different preview options in ID.
    – Lucian
    Feb 2, 2021 at 8:57
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    Maybe check this isn't just some kind of on-screen display/rendering glitch. Are the letters actually changing point size? Maybe select them and check. If not then it's probably some kind of display glitch/bug, and not something we can help with really, other than maybe suggest you make sure your graphics card driver is up-to-date.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 2, 2021 at 13:34

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Alright, the answer has been revealed.

The character style, in advanced character controls, was for some reason set to 106% vertical scaling.

Credit to Uwe Laubender on the Adobe forums for suggesting checking that.

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