In Visual Studio 2013 source code editor empty lines or lines with only symbols, such as '{' or '#', have smaller font size than lines with alphanumeric characters.

I'm using "Classic Console" fixed-width font. This font does not have this problem in other applications and in VS2013 on my computer at work.

EDIT: Actually this problem occurs with any font.

Inconsistent font size in VS

Any idea how to fix this?

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I have found the solution. It was caused by a default setting in Productivity Power Tools add-on.

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  • 1
    This "fix" worked well - What a buggy "feature" though is this...
    – Marcel
    Oct 27, 2014 at 8:43
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    Very useful and evocative diagram ;) And thank you so much for choosing question and answer text that made it easy for me to discover this page on Google. +1 Aug 11, 2015 at 17:27
  • Oh but it was so productive!
    – stimpy77
    Oct 9, 2015 at 18:48
  • In the 2017 version of the extension the options are called Compress blank lines and Compress lines that do not have any alphanumeric characters.. No restart of VS is required after changing this option :)
    – bugybunny
    Nov 2, 2018 at 13:27

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