Fix the text spacing (kerning) issues that have returned in Visio 2016
It appears that the letter spacing (kerning) issue that was common in Visio 2013 and then fixed in Visio 2016 has returned in Visio 2016, Version 1703, Build 7967.2139. This is an annoyance to many and a major problem for those of us using Visio to create figures and diagrams for technical publications.
Glenn Cook commented
Using a mono spaced font such as Times Roman seems to work OK.
Dalhoff's solution (below) is the best I have found so far. It fixes the letter spacing in going from Visio 2016 to Word 2016, but the letters in MS word document bleed a little in the print out, whereas printing the same drawing from Visio looks sharp. Increasing Quality to 100% on saving the Visio JPEG drawing helped with the bleeding.
Here are the steps I used:
1. In Visio drawing: File > Save as > (Save as type:) JPEG File Interchange Format > select "Save" > (JPEG Output Options window should pop up) > Quality: 100% > Resolution (select Custom) and enter 1200 x 1200 pixels / in. >Select OK button
2. Open Word Doc > Insert > Pictures > Select the JPEG image you just saved
Directly printing from Visio still looks better than the JPEG, but the JPEG 1200 x 1200 Quality = 100% is close. Does anyone know wither buying the latest Visio version fixes this letter spacing issue and can my Visio 2016 drawings be opened in the latest Visio version?
Arial is the problem for me, I just switch the words where this is an issue to Calibri and increase the font 1-pt. size; it looks almost the same as Arial, and Calibri doesn't have the kerning issue
Julian Pat commented
This font kerning issue is affecting and bothering me as well. Wondering if i should downgrade to Visio 2013 as I heard the problem has been fixed on that version
I am using Arial-12 all caps to perform my lettering in my drawings per my drawing standard. How to overcome this spacing issue until the next VISIO update build??? These documents are for a US government agency which must maintain a standard in lettering.....
Please tell me when this can be fixed...
Not ideal, but another workaround is to change font style from Regular to Bold or Italic
Thomas Thompson commented
Work around for a technical publication is to create a 600 x 600 dpi .jpg, create a .pdf from the document and run OCR on the pdf this makes all the text searchable. Hope this helps publications a little until it's fixed. This only works for a pdf.
Anton Golubev commented
Still the same kerning issue then pasting from Visio in a non-bitmap format in latest versions of Visio 356.
These workarounds do not solve the issue for us. We work with authors of technical publications that need to be able to access embedded Visio drawings from within the Word document (or PowerPoint presentation--yes, this issue appears in PowerPoint at times too). This is a major quality issue that Microsoft needs to address and fix once and for all.
There are a few workarounds to "solve" the issue.
1. Use a bigger font. That gives you a bigger drawing you need to handle on your screen.
2. Instead of copy/paste from within Visio then save you drawing as eg. jpg.
Here comes the trick. Change the resolution (Default is 72) to 1200x1200 or higher and set size of the image you need it to be. Now you have a perfect image without the text spacing issues between some of the letters
Yes, this is an issue when you copy-paste drawings into Word documents as Visio objects.