Microsoft Word does not include a feature to automatically create thin spaces as it would for normal spaces or non-breaking spaces. However, there are some folks who require a space that is thinner than a regular space, so they can have just a small amount of space between items on a line.
There are a few methods in which you can create or approximate thin spaces in your documents. One is to rely on some of the special spaces provided in Unicode; you could key in 2009 and with your cursor immediately click the 9, press Alt+X. This will convert the 2009 into the Unicode character that uses that particular code. That character happens to be a thinner space than the regular space.
If that does not meet your spacing needs, there is a work around, which is to use a regular space and then format that space only to a point size smaller than what is used for the text surrounding it. This will require some trial and error to get just the appearance you like. The drawback to this method is that if you use justified text, Word will automatically adjust the width of the spaces on your line to fit the overall goal of justifying both margins, which defeats your purpose.
You can also use non-breaking spaces, and then format them to a smaller point size. Non-breaking spaces are not resized by Word when justifying text.
There is one other option, which is to adjust the character spacing before and after the item where you would like to include additional space. This will not add a real thin space, but will instead instruct Word to space out the items.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Select the item (i.e., an em dash) together with the space before and after it.
- Click Ctrl+D to display the Font dialog box.
- On the Advanced tab, be certain the Character Spacing tab is selected .
- In the Spacing drop-down list, choose Condensed or Expanded.
- Using the By setting to the right of the Spacing drop-down list, indicate how much you want spacing condensed or expanded.
- Click on OK to close the dialog box.
If you find yourself in need of a thin space, I hope that this is helpful to you!