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I have problem with the inabbility to globally change kerning value of certain numbers when they are added through the auto number feature.
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When I build an automatic current page number, I build it on the master page. I create a paragraph style for it. In the attributes of the paragraph style, I mostly set the kerning method to Optical. You might like the way Optical method adjusts character fit.
As Mike is suggesting, Optical Kerning is the perfect solution to your page numbering kerning issue.
When using Metrics (the default), all numbers use the same exact amount of space in the width. So narrow numbers, such as "1" always look like they have way to much space on either side. Metrics is great, when you have numbers in columns, because it makes adding the numbers easier.
But, for most other uses, Optical is a better choice. It kerns the type by comparing the relative shapes and sizes of each pair of characters to make the negative space between all characters equal. It called Optical because it is optically (not mechanically) correct, so it's like kerning type by eye.
Well, that depends on the figures type. The bahaviour you've described applies only when tabular figures are used, I've selected proportional figures, but still didn't like some pairs.
Anyways, I decided to use another typeface, so I guess this thread can be marked as "solved".
I have problem with the inabbility to globally change kerning value of certain numbers ...
The answers from Mike and Jeff should work, but which specific numbers are causing the issue in which specific typeface? We might be able to make further suggestions.
I also had this problem and found out that if your text box is too small in your master page, it will try to fit the number within that box. So just make sure your text box has extra room for longer numbers.
Yes, up to the point where numbers are even reversed.
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