If you make a text box / paragraph in Illustrator, then right align the paragraph, as you type, everything moves to the left since it’s right aligned – just as you’d expect.
However, if you start typing spaces, Illustrator ignores them and nothing moves until you type a non-white-space character, then it respects all the the spaces it was ignoring suddenly.
How can I force it to respect the spaces?
The default behavior is probably convenient normally, but I’m importing placement from another place that respects the spaces and Illustrator’s smartness is changing the original design intent (in an automated workflow).
There are a few options:
- Type -> Insert White Space -> Em (Shift+Ctrl+M) or En (Shift+Ctrl+N). You can add as many of these as you want to the start of your line.
- Indent. The most obvious answer is if you want spaces at the start of the line, its an indent that should be used.
- Break your text into individual sections so you can position however you want