If you’ve ever adjusted margins or changed your punctuation marks’ font sizes to reach a page count, this new type is for you.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated September 18, 2018
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Admit it: Page counts are arbitrary. If you’re currently a college or high school student, you know this intimately. If it’s been a few years since you pulled an all-nighter trying to reach that elusive 18-page goal, you may not feel as strongly about it. But when it comes down to picking between a word count or a page count, word counts are much more specific, while page counts can vary by font, margin size, the number of paragraph breaks used, and more.

Shifting margin sizes an infinitesimal amount, changing punctuation marks to slightly larger font sizes, adding an extra space at the beginning and end of every line—all these tricks serve to increase the page count of a document, and take a lot of time and effort. (Time and effort that could easily be better put toward actually writing a better essay, but try telling that to a sleep-deprived college student.) Now, there’s an easily downloadable solution cleverly dubbed Times Newer Roman.

Courtesy of MSCHF

The font, available for free download starting September 18, appears exactly the same as the tried-and-true Times New Roman … except the letters are designed to be five to 10 percent wider, adding a little extra length to every word, line, and paragraph and increasing the likelihood of reaching that page count without resorting to rambling. Without fluff words and thesauruses used in the name of achieving page count, essays may even improve.

The designers behind Times Newer Roman, MSCHF (a media company known for digital stunts), promise the difference between fonts is indistinguishable to the human eye, so sharp-eyed professors and teachers won’t know the difference. The new font was made through alterations to the Nimbus Roman No. 9 font—namely, designers widened specific letters’ x-axes while keeping stroke width the same, increased punctuation size, and spaced all letters out evenly.

Times Newer Roman won’t help you if it’s the night before your essay is due and you haven’t so much as opened the textbook (good luck with that one), but if you’re stuck at 15 and a half pages and the required length is 17 pages, the font may just be a lifesaver. If you get caught, though, you didn’t hear about it from us.

For your free download of Times Newer Roman (the font will work with word processors such as Microsoft Word and Apple Pages), visit timesnewerroman.com.