So I was writing an email and I was copying text from an older email because I sent mistyped the address the first time. I wrote the first line of the email before copying the text and I was about to delete it until I noticed something unsettling:


While all the letters are identical, there is an additional pixel of space before the M and the h in the first version – causing the rest of the line to be two pixels off.

Any idea why?

  • Hi Kevino, welcome to the site. That is strange, are you certain there's no whitespace character between the 'y' and 'M'? This question might be better suited for Super User, though.
    – JohnB
    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 17:19
  • There's no whitespace between the y or the M on either line. I thought this'd be a good place to post since it seems like an issue with how the fonts are rendered? But I'm not really sure.
    – Kevino Sun
    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 17:24

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While I can't answer in this specific situation, the general answer to this question is that not all applications will render the same font the same way.

This that affect font rendering include anti-aliasing, kerning, and DPI. There may also be a difference between how an application renders a font on screen vs how it is printed. Try browsing a few web pages in Firefox and Chrome side-by-side; you'll see that each render fonts their own way.

Similar question: Why is GIMP rendering fonts differently than other applications

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