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Squished-together characters in Impress after migration

I have upgraded my computer and am migrating my files from Windows 7 (32-bit) to Windows 10 (64-bit). Last night I downloaded the latest version of LibreOffice 5.3.0.3 (x64). Writer seems to be reading files my old files without any trouble. Impress is another matter.

Some of my slides look fine. Some are nearly illegible, because the character spacing is too tight; letters within words and words within sentences are squished together. And this is true in my old files as well as in new files I create. And on some slides, there are some objects with good spacing and some with squished.

I can manually change (expand) the character spacing for each object in which text is squished, but even then, spacing isn't quite right. More importantly, this seems to be a systemic problem for certain default font sizes, especially around 28-32 pt.

Is this a known problem? Is there any easy fix, or do I simply need to retype these slides with a different font or change the character spacing? The problem seems to be the default font and spacing. I am attaching a screen shot of a slide that incorporates good and bad character spacing. Any help would be appreciated.

V Stuart Foote V Stuart Foote
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Re: Squished-together characters in Impress after migration

This is a know issue [1] with our DirectWrite/Direct2D font rendering on Windows using the new HarfBuzz based common layout when OpenGL rendering is enabled.

As a workaround, disable OpenGL rendering to revert to GDI+ rendered HarfBuzz layout that is not affected.

Tools -> Options -View:  and uncheck "Use OpenGL for all rendering"  and restart LibreOffice

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[1] tdf#103831
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Re: Squished-together characters in Impress after migration

Thank you. That absolutely fixed it. I am glad to share in the expertise of participants in this forum.
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