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Re: Too Tiny Fonts! in fractions, summations, etc.

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  • Subject: [mg14483] Re: Too Tiny Fonts! in fractions, summations, etc.
  • From: "P.J. Hinton" <paulh>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 20:59:03 -0400
  • Organization: "Wolfram Research, Inc."
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On 21 Oct 1998, Erik Neumann wrote:

> Please, does anyone know how to change the default size of fractions,
> summations, etc. so that they are not sooo tiny!
> They are hard to read, and setting each one manually with the "set font
> size" command is not only too much work, but also usually I wind up
> with things of various sizes which looks even worse.
> I am using Mathematica 3.0 on Windows.

There are three parameters for controlling the properties of sub- and


All of which are documented in _the Mathematica Book (Third Edition)_ in
Section 2.8.11.  If you have access to the online documentation via the
Mathematica Help Browser, you can retrieve the relevant information by
pasting the following expression in a notebook and evaluating it.
  FrontEnd`HelpBrowserLookup["MainBook", {"2.8.11", "11.55"}]]

Although the book addresses the use of these options within StyleBox[]
constructs, it is possible to get them to apply on a broader scope.  To
do this, you will need to edit the style sheet the notebook is using.
Information on editing style sheets is available through the online

  FrontEnd`HelpBrowserLookup["OtherInformation", "Introduction"]]

Oftentimes, some of the script adjustment options above are determined
by what environment you're using (e.g. Working, Presentation, Printout,
Condensed), so you'll probably need to alter the options as per the
instructions on this and subsequent browser categories:

    "Changing Style Environment Options"]]

There is a hyperlink on that page that points to an explanation of style
environments as well.

P.J. Hinton
Mathematica Programming Group           paulh at Wolfram
Research, Inc.        
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.

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