[OS X TeX] Font size in tetex and/or TexShop

Bob Kerstetter bkerstetter at mac.com
Tue Jul 20 05:41:19 CEST 2004

Hi Sylvan,

On Jul 19, 2004, at 10:10 PM, Sylvan Jacques wrote:

> I have just started learning Latex, and my first modification
> failed. I ran
> ==========
> \documentclass[14pt]{article}
> \begin{document}
>      Hello World.
> \end{document}
> ===========
> LaTeX Warning: Unused global option(s):  [14pt].

10-12 are the sizes for the article class. maybe 9 is available in 
article class, not sure on that. i cannot read that small.

> ======
> If I change 14pt to 12pt, it seems to run ok, and the log file has
> (/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/tex/latex/base/article.cls
> Document Class: article 2001/04/21 v1.4e Standard LaTeX document class
> (/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/tex/latex/base/size12.clo
> File: size12.clo 2001/04/21 v1.4e Standard LaTeX file (size option))
> but the output is the same as the default 10pt size which I get
> when I omit the font size.
> BTW, I use tetex and/or TexShop and pdfLatex to get pdf output.
> How do I adjust the font?

Group what you want to change as in { this is your text }

Then enter one of these at the beginning of the group.


like this

{\large this your text}


{\small this your text}


{\LARGE this your text}

If you want to do this for the entire document, then don't group.  
everything from the control sequence --- \Large, for example --- will 
be that size until you enter another size control sequence.

There are some good "getting started" tutorials on the web.

One I liked the best when getting started is:

The Not So Short Introduction to LATEX

Available here:


Download the PDF.

Also go here:


and click on the "getting started" link a little down the page

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