Did anyone figure it out on how to remove that little extra space in front of the text?
While everything I said in my answer is true, the answer that you are looking for is Qutorial's answer below. It's tested and it works nicely. Keep in mind that while using his method you need to be in text-editing mode with the focus in front of the first letter, only then you can change the value from auto (or 0) to a negative one!
I'm sorry to say but as far as I know you can't get rid of that space without outlining the font.
That space is due to the font's creation, not something illustrator puts there. Like shown below, different fonts have different spaces. (You may find some that have almost no space.)
You should kern your text, not track it (tracking is for adjusting uniform spacing in spans or blocks of text, kerning is for adjusting individual letter spacing).
Kerning is located in the character palette, below font size and left of tracking (CS6). To use it, select the type tool and place the text cursor on the left side of the letter you want to adjust (the "E" here). Keep in mind:
- Negative numbers will shift your text left.
- The units are 1/1000 em, so you may need to enter a large number like -100.
- You need to be using area type (which is where your type is contained in a closed shape, such as when you click and drag with the type tool to make a box, or click a closed shape with the type tool and enter some text), because you won't get the desired result using point type (when you single click and enter text with the type tool) or type on a path.
Kerning on the Illustrator docs
As the others have stated, this is a font issue, not an Illustrator one. I've noticed this happening in other Adobe programs as well, not only AI.
My workaround for this is a simple one and involves placing a space in front of your first character, then you adjust the tracking of the space to a negative value, until it lines up where you'd like it.
In the following example, the top is my regular point text - no adjustments. The bottom is the same exact text, but with a space and negative tracking.
I should add, since it was apparently not easy to understand, that you only adjust the tracking of the space, not the other characters.
If your goal is to be able to align the text with other objects, a simple option is to turn on Optical Margin Alignment: Type > Optical Margin Alignment. Some portions of characters, such as serifs, may extend slightly beyond the text area as Illustrator attempts a more pleasing character alignment, but this will probably be acceptable and the space before the first character will certainly be gone.