To increase the font size of the
default face in the current
buffer, type C-x C-+ or C-x C-=. To decrease it, type
C-x C--. To restore the default (global) font size, type
C-x C-0. These keys are all bound to the same command,
text-scale-adjust, which looks at the last key typed to
determine which action to take and adjusts the font size accordingly
by changing the height of the default face.
Most faces don’t have an explicit setting of the
attribute, and thus inherit the height from the
Those faces are also scaled by the above commands.
Faces other than
default that have an explicit setting of the
:height attribute are not affected by these font size changes.
header-line face is an exception: it will be scaled even if
it has an explicit setting of the
Similarly, scrolling the mouse wheel with the Ctrl modifier pressed, when the mouse pointer is above buffer text, will increase or decrease the font size of the affected faces, depending on the direction of the scrolling.
The final key of these commands may be repeated without the leading
C-x and without the modifiers. For instance, C-x C-= C-= C-=
and C-x C-= = = increase the face height by three steps. Each
step scales the text height by a factor of 1.2; to change this factor,
customize the variable
text-scale-mode-step. A numeric
argument of 0 to the
text-scale-adjust command restores the
default height, the same as typing C-x C-0.
Similarly, to change the sizes of the fonts globally, type C-x
C-M-+, C-x C-M-=, C-x C-M-- or C-x C-M-0, or scroll
the mouse wheel with both the Ctrl and Meta modifiers
pressed. To enable frame resizing when the font size is changed
globally, customize the variable
global-text-scale-adjust-resizes-frames (see Easy Customization Interface).
text-scale-decrease increase or decrease the size of the font
in the current buffer, just like C-x C-+ and C-x C--
respectively. You may find it convenient to bind to these commands,
text-scale-set scales the size of the font in the
current buffer to an absolute level specified by its prefix argument.
The above commands automatically enable the minor mode
text-scale-mode if the current font scaling is other than 1,
and disable it otherwise.
text-scale-pinch increases or decreases the text
scale based on the distance between fingers on a touchpad when a pinch
gesture is performed by placing two fingers on a touchpad and moving
them towards or apart from each other. This is only available on some
systems with supported hardware.
mouse-wheel-text-scale also changes the text
scale. Normally, it is run when you press Ctrl while moving the
mouse wheel. The text scale is increased when the wheel is moved
downwards, and it is decreased when the wheel is moved upwards.