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Lesson 1. Learning the Basics > Changing Font Size

Changing Font Size

In HTML, the options for changing the font size on the page are limited. You have more control when you use cascading style sheets (CSS), which are covered in Lesson 11.

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Select the four indented paragraphs near the top of the page. From the property inspector's Size drop-down menu, choose –1.

You'll notice the sizes are listed as 1 through 7, +1 through +7, and –1 through –7. Selecting just the number (1 is smallest, 7 is largest) sets the absolute size. Picking a plus or minus number chooses the font size relative to the base size of the font. For example, +1 makes the font size one size larger than the base size.

The default base size for text in your browser is 3. If you choose +3 for the font size, you are effectively changing the size to 6 (3+3). The largest size for the font is 7, and the smallest is 1; any font size larger than 7 displays as 7. If you set the font size to +6, 3+6 is larger than 7 and displays as 7.


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