I'm having problems as Indesign acts kinda stubborn. It keeps giving me an odd space between a word. I've tried to readjust the spacing using paragraph styles, font size, changing the font, spacing, leading as well as tried to re-adjust the width of the container. Unfortunately none of these attempts have resulted in any success. Can you please give a hint ? I have a very important project that I want to finish as soon as possible.

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When you justify text rather than leaving it left-aligned, InDesign has only so many ways to adjust things so that the right margin lines up. By default, it does this by adjusting the spaces between words. In this case, you are using a very large point size in relation to the width of the line, which forces InDesign to make a wide space between the only two words that will fit on that second line of text.

When you have a very narrow column in relation to the point size of your text, never use full justification. Left-aligned text will avoid those ugly gaps.

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    The other alternative is to have fixed width word spacing and to have uneven letter spacing. (Just typing that makes my skin crawl.) – usr2564301 Jan 3 '15 at 9:00
  • Hi, thanks for the answer but what if I wish to create a square'ish block of text with a bold font (that from far looks literally like a square) ? – Danny_Student Jan 4 '15 at 1:13
  • Set different lines in different point sizes (big, exaggerated differences) to achieve that. Big, blocky sans typefaces work best for this. – Alan Gilbertson Jan 6 '15 at 19:07

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