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4.3 Font sizes

The following standard type size commands are supported by LaTeX. The table shows the command name and the corresponding actual font size used (in points) with the ‘10pt’, ‘11pt’, and ‘12pt’ document size options, respectively (see Document class options).

\normalsize (default)1010.9512

The commands are listed here in declaration forms. You use them by declaring them, as with this example.

\begin{quotation} \small
  The Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao.

The scope of the \small lasts until the end of the quotation environment. It would also end at the next type style command or the end of the current group, so you could enclose it in extra curly braces {\small We are here, we are here, we are here!}. You can instead use the environment form of these commands; for instance, \begin{tiny}...\end{tiny}.

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