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Where is font SIZE button to increase font size when editing or writing?

  1. I can't find how to increase my font size when writing or editing in your new format. The old format had it right next to font styles but there's no size button in Visual and I can't find it in Text either. Where is the font size change button?!

    The blog I need help with is paulacappa.wordpress.com.

  2. Was there a size button before? I think I remember going into html view because I couldn't find one.

  3. Where is HTML view? What a terrible feature to remove the font size button! It was so easy right next to the style button. How do I find the HTML view and what does it look like?

  4. There are tabs at the top right of the edit area named "Visual" and misnamed "Text". The "text" tab allows you to edit html directly.

  5. I'm on that text tab but I still don't see any way to increase font size. Isn't this silly? What button do you use? Nothing there says 'font size' in the text view.

  6. The Heading tags are still there, drop down menu items under "Paragraph" which may be what ppc910 is referring to. They are not meant to be used to make text big and bold, though.
    This article discusses the proper use of those tags:
    http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_headings.asp

    Headings Are Important

    Use HTML headings for headings only. Don't use headings to make text BIG or bold.

    Search engines use your headings to index the structure and content of your web pages.

    Since users may skim your pages by its headings, it is important to use headings to show the document structure.

    H1 headings should be used as main headings, followed by H2 headings, then the less important H3 headings, and so on.

  7. Without a CSS design upgrade, the proper way to change font size is to use code in the text editor, as described here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/formatting-text-pt-5/

  8. Another option, for someone who does not want to deal with code is to use an off-line editor.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/xml-rpc/

    I'm on a Mac but lots of folks in these forums have recommended Windows Live Writer (it's free) because it works sort like a word processor for formatting.

  9. I'm afraid none of these suggestions are helping me. That "code" doesn't do anything to make font size larger and I don't understand how to use it. I'm so upset! There must be a simpler way. Please help!

  10. Please try an off line editor. That is the easiest way! Once you set it up you can use it just like a word processor. The bonus is that you then have a complete backup of your site on your computer.

    Are you trying to change the font size of your whole site? Or just certain sections, or something else?

  11. If you want complete lines or even paragraphs to be a certain size you can (mis)use the paragraph styles.

  12. tandava,
    The drop down menu under "paragraph" is not for changing the size of text in a paragraph. They are heading styles, which have specific meanings for search engines. The styles are meant for headings or titles. The specific style for each heading is defined by the CSS of each theme.

    See my post above:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/where-is-font-size-button-to-increase-font-size-when-editing-or-writing?replies=11#post-1312144

  13. I was trying to change the font size in one post. I pasted from Word and began to edit and for some reason the font snapped into smaller font in the middle of my editing. No idea why.

  14. Which post? If you provide the link I can see what's wrong with it.

  15. Okay, thanks, here's the link to the post on my blog.
    http://paulacappa.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/that-other-evil/

    It appears that my whole blog (posts and pages) have smaller font size now. Maybe I hit something without realizing it? For now, when I want to post, if I want to increase my font size (I usually work in 12 pt), there must be a way I can "set" my font size for 12 point, right? Thanks for your help.

  16. @ppc910
    Are you truly inclined to commit to changing font sizes in post after post and page after page throughout your whole blog and if so what useful purpose will that serve?

    My advice is not to invest any time into fiddling and diddling with font sizes in every post. We blog for pleasure and being upset over this twiddly diddly stuff doesn't make sense to me. Bite the bullet and purchase the annually renewable CSS upgrade, or switch themes to one that has what you want.

    Changing all font families, colors and sizes throughout the whole blog can be done by purchasing an annually renewable Custom Design upgrade and using Typekit Fonts.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-css/
    Custom Design - Frequently Asked Questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-fonts/

  17. there must be a way I can "set" my font size for 12 point, right?

    No there is not and there never has been such and ability on any WordPress.com blogs. You are confusing WordPress.com and Blogger blogs.

  18. HI Timetheif,
    No, I'm not wanting to change font size every time I post. My apologies if I implied that. I think this has something to do with the new format created from WP this week. Everything was working fine in the font size I had for the past 7 months. Before the new format came on this week, I had no problems. On Tuesday night, after I pasted the text in from MS Word button, right when I began to edit, the page snapped into smaller font. There was suddenly no font size button anymore. I just want to return to my normal font size. So is this a new format thingy that happened? The disappearance of the font size button? Because there was one there before. Sorry this is so confusing. I appreciate your help.

  19. There is no coding problem in that post.

    Everything was working fine in the font size I had for the past 7 months. … right when I began to edit, the page snapped into smaller font.

    This happened while you were editing? Try checking your browser's zoom. On FireFox and Safari you'll find a way to adjust the size of what you see onscreen. It's possible that you accidentally hit a key combination that made your screen zoom out.

  20. There was suddenly no font size button anymore. I just want to return to my normal font size. So is this a new format thingy that happened? The disappearance of the font size button? Because there was one there before.

    There is not now nor has there ever been a font size button in the TinyMce editor in WordPress.

  21. Gee, I was sure I was able to increase by hitting the button right next to the font style. Anyway, thanks for everyone's help. I very much appreciate it.

  22. That is the Format button which Tess has patiently explained above is not to be used to increase or decrease font size. Doing that is a very bad practice. It's for Heading tags and they have significant meanings to search engines.
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/where-is-font-size-button-to-increase-font-size-when-editing-or-writing?replies=21#post-1312144

    The bad news is that some WordPress.com bloggers are using heading tags in their blog posts and pages just to make some text large or bold or colored, and doing that undermines the excellent SEO built into WordPress.com themes.
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/05/08/wordpress-com-heading-tags-from-h1-h6/

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