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Latex horizontal space: qquad,hspace, thinspace,enspace

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Managing spaces with Latex is not simple, in this tutorial, we will see how to manage horizontal spaces.
How to write horizontal space: qquad,hspace, thinspace,enspace, \,, \!, \!\!, \!\!\! , \:, \;

Latex horizontal spaces

Space definition Need amsmath Latex code Result
Default No

$$f q$$

Horizontal thin space No \, or \thinspace

$$f \thinspace q$$

Horizontal negative thin space Yes \! or \negthinspace

$$f\negthinspace q$$

Horizontal negative medium space Yes \!\!


Horizontal negative thick space Yes \!\!\!


Horizontal medium space Yes \:


Horizontal thick space Yes \;


Horizontal single space 0.5em No \enspace

$$f\enspace q$$

Horizontal single space 1em No \quad

$$f\quad q$$

Horizontal douqle space 2em No \qquad

$$f\qquad q$$

Custom horizontal space sample No \hspace{3em}


Custom horizontal space sample No \hspace{-3em}


Very important

  • No blank space before and after Latex commands: \,, \!, \!\!, \!\!\! , \:, \;
  • Add a blank space after \quad, \qquad

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