[texhax] zoom

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Sun Dec 2 05:20:12 CET 2007

On Sunday 25 November 2007 02:59:35 pm Adrian Dusa wrote:
> Hello again,
> I have an almost finished thesis that I would like to give my supervisor
> for review. The trouble is the size of the default font in LaTeX is rather
> small for his taste, he would like me to increase it.
> I searched the web after font size, but everything I found was related to
> the LaTeX commands like \Large or \Huge, but I don't want to use larger
> fonts in *some* places but to increase the font size for the whole
> document.
> Actually I would rather not change the font size per se, because that would
> break the current paging arrangement. Instead, I would very much like to
> know if there's any possibility to increase *everything* on every page like
> in zooming. On a A4 paper there is a lot of unnecessary space around the
> text, I wonder if I could use that space zooming the text in order to
> preserve the current number of pages.
> I hope my question is clear, thank you in advance for any hint,
> Adrian

Little hidden secret: the TeX primitive \font works even in LaTeX, so you can 
set e.g.,
\font\rm bchr8r at 13.5 pt
or whatever you like.  You can also decrease margins for just one page with 
TeX primitives by fiddling with \hsize and \hoffset.  There may be side 
effects however.  

John Culleton
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