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I'm working on an InDesign file (possibly from an older version, it's been a minute since the file was used), and when center aligning the text, it appears that the hidden characters or "invisibles" are being treated as if they have width — therefore affecting the alignment.

Hiding the invisibles does nothing, and attempting to resize the text boxes even a pixel or two before the edge of the characters sends the entire word off into oblivion.

Thanks!

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  • I've complained to Adobe about this for years... it's a problem in several of their apps. – Scott Feb 23 '17 at 6:43
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Invisible Characters shouldn't affect the size of a text box in InDesign. I'd suggest there may be a space at the end of your sentence, but I can't see a 'dot'.

Try the following:

  • Make sure there isn't a right-indent applied to the paragraph.
  • Select the text box and double-click on the bottom-right handle. This will snap the box to fit the text.

Hopefully one of these helps!

  • I've tried — it also affects longer, multi-line paragraphs. Spaces and line breaks also seem to have width. Thanks! – Hank Apr 27 '16 at 21:48
  • It looks like you've got some serious kerning/tracking applied, so that might be making a difference too. Also, some fonts just have awkward spacing. – Alex Apr 27 '16 at 21:50
  • It's a bit of a clumsy workaround, but you could try adding a left-indent to your text to compensate? – Alex Apr 27 '16 at 21:51
  • Even with kerning and tracking taken out, the characters still render as having width. – Hank Apr 29 '16 at 18:23
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@Hank I agree with @Alex. Looks like you have some kerning issues. I would select all and zero out your kerning. Just tried it and I'm getting it center without issue.

  • Unfortunately that does nothing. It seems they are being rendered as actual characters. – Hank Apr 29 '16 at 18:23

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