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How to Easily Change the Font Size in WordPress

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Do you want to change the font size on your WordPress posts or pages?

Sometimes, you may want to make a line or a paragraph larger, or you might want to increase the font size on the entire page.

In this article, we will show you how to easily change the font size in WordPress posts and themes.

How to change font size in WordPress

Why Change Font Size in WordPress?

By changing the font size on your WordPress website, you can improve the content’s readability and make it easier for users to go through it.

Plus, increasing the font size can also help you highlight important information on your WordPress blog.

For example, if you are showcasing an affiliate product on your site, then increasing its font size can help make the product more noticeable. It can also make content more readable for viewers who are accessing your website through mobile devices.

Having said that, let’s see how to easily change font size in WordPress.

For this tutorial, we will be discussing multiple methods, so you can use the links below to jump to the method of your choice:

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Method 1: Change Font Size Using Headings

If you are looking for an easy way to change the font size using headings, then this method is for you.

Using headings in your content is a great way to grab user attention with a larger-size font.

In most WordPress themes, headings are in a larger font than the regular body text, allowing you to break your posts and pages into sections.

Headings are also great for improving website SEO, as search engines give proper headings more weight than normal paragraph text.

How to Add a Heading in the Default WordPress Block Editor

First, you need to open up a new post or page in the WordPress block editor.

Once you are there, click the ‘Add Block’ (+) button at the top left corner of the screen to open up the block menu.

From here, you must find and add the Heading block to the page/post.

Add the heading block

By default, the block will be set to Heading 2.

If you are adding a sub-heading, then it makes sense to stick with the ‘Heading 2’ option.

However, if you want to change this, then you can simply click on the ‘H2’ drop-down menu to select a different size.

Change heading from h2

Alternatively, you can also change the heading size using the block settings on the right panel of the screen.

You can even customize the heading’s color, appearance, letter case, and more.

Once you are done, don’t forget to click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button to store your settings.

Heading settings

How to Add a Heading in the Old Classic Editor

If you are still using the old classic editor in WordPress, then you can add headings using the Paragraph dropdown menu.

First, select the text that you want to turn into a heading using your mouse.

Next, click the ‘Paragraph’ dropdown menu in the top left corner and select your heading size. You have now successfully changed the font size to a heading.

Choose heading in classic editor

However, keep in mind that the classic editor does not allow you to change the sizes and font colors of the different Heading styles.

If you want to do that, then you’ll need to make changes to your theme’s stylesheet (style.css).

Finally, just click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button to save your changes.

Method 2: Change the Font Size of Text in the Block Editor

If you want to change the font size of the text in your Paragraph block, then this method is for you.

First, you need to open up an existing page/post in the Gutenberg block editor.

Once you are there, click on any Paragraph block and then switch to the ‘Styles’ tab from the block panel on the right side of the screen.

From here, you must choose a font size from the ‘Typography’ section.

Change the font size

You can select the Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large option according to your needs.

If you want to change your text back to the original size, then you can also do that by clicking on the three-dotted menu next to the ‘Typography’ section.

This will open up a new dropdown menu where you have to click the ‘Reset’ option.

Reset font size

Other than that, you can also add drop caps, letter casing, spacing, appearance, and more using the same dropdown menu.

After that, just click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button to store your changes.

Keep in mind that these options aren’t available in the older classic editor for WordPress. If you want to use them, then think about making the switch.

Method 3: Change Font Size Using a Plugin

If you want to change font size using a plugin, then you can use this method.

First, you need to install and activate the Advanced Editor Tools plugin. For detailed instructions, you may want to see our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, the plugin gives you more control over font sizes and text formatting, as well as a range of other features. It adds a new ‘Classic Paragraph’ block that has all the formatting features of your choice.

Upon activation, head to the Settings » Advanced Editor Tools page from the WordPress admin sidebar.

Once there, you can easily drag and drop formatting features from the ‘Unused Buttons’ section to the ‘Classic Paragraph’ block.

These features include font size, font family, copy, subscript, emoticons, source code, and more.

Add the font size field

Once you have done that, scroll down to the ‘Options’ section and check the ‘Font Sizes’ option to access a larger number of font sizes.

After that, simply click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Add more font sizes

If you are using the plugin with the Classic editor, then you will have to switch to the ‘Classic Editor’ tab from the top of the page.

Once you are there, you need to take the same actions as in the block editor.

Advanced editor tools classic editor font size

Make sure you click the ‘Save Changes’ button after making your changes.

Now, to see the plugin in action, you must open up a new or existing page/post from the WordPress dashboard.

Once you are there, click the ‘Add Block’ (+) button at the top left corner of the screen to open up the block menu.

From here, find and add the Classic Paragraph block to the page.

Add the classic paragraph block to the page

You can now use the ‘Font Sizes’ dropdown menu to change the size of the text in the ‘Classic Paragraph’ block.

Finally, click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ to save your post or page settings.

Font size field

Method 4: Change Site-Wide Font Size Using WPCode

If you want to change the font size across your entire website, then this method is for you.

You can easily change the font size site-wide by adding CSS code to your website using WPCode.

It is the best WordPress code snippet plugin on the market that makes it super easy and safe to add code to your website.

First, you need to install and activate the WPCode plugin. For detailed instructions, please see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, head over to the Code Snippets » + Add Snippet page from the WordPress admin sidebar.

Once there, click the ‘Use Snippet’ button under the ‘Add Your Custom Code (New Snippet)’ option.

Add new snippet

This will lead you to the ‘Create Custom Snippet’ page, where you can start by giving a title to your code snippet.

After that, select the ‘CSS Snippet’ option from the ‘Code Type’ dropdown menu on the right corner of the screen.

Note: The ‘CSS Snippet’ option is only available in the premium WPCode plugin. However, if you are using the free version, then you can select the ‘Universal Snippet’ option.

Choose CSS Snippet for font size code

Next, copy and paste the following custom CSS code into the ‘Code Preview’ box:

p {
font-size:16px;
}

Once you have done that, simply add your desired text size next to the ‘font-size’ line in the CSS code.

It should look like this.

Paste font size code

After that, scroll down to the ‘Insertion’ section and choose the ‘Auto Insert’ mode.

Your code will automatically be executed on your site upon activation.

Choose an insertion method

Finally, scroll back to the top of the page and toggle the ‘Inactive’ switch to ‘Active’.

After that, click the ‘Save Snippet’ button to execute your code.

Save font size code

You have now successfully changed the font size on your WordPress site.

Bonus: Change Text Color in WordPress

Apart from size, you may also want to change the text color on your website to make your content more readable and visually appealing. It can also enhance your branding and help highlight important information.

To change the text color, you must open a blog post in the block editor and choose a Paragraph block. Once you do that, switch to the ‘Styles’ tab from the block panel and click on the ‘Text’ option.

This will open the color picker tool from where you can select a text color of your choice for the content.

Change text colors

If you want to change the text colors all across the website, then you can use WPCode, which is the best WordPress code snippet plugin on the market.

Upon activation, simply visit the Code Snippets » + Add Snippet page from the WordPress admin sidebar and click ‘Use Snippet’ under the ‘Add Your Custom Code’ option.

This will take you to the ‘Create Custom Snippet’ page, where you must select ‘CSS Snippet’ as the code type and then copy and paste the following code into the ‘Code Preview’ box:

p { color:#990000; }

If you want to use a different color for your site’s headings, then you’ll need to use the h1, h2, h3, or similar selectors.

Changing the text color using custom code

Finally, click the ‘Save Snippet’ button and toggle the ‘Inactive’ switch to ‘Active’.

You have now successfully changed the text color all over your website. For detailed instructions, see our tutorial on how to change the text color in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily change the font size in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to use custom fonts in WordPress or our list of the best drag and drop WordPress page builder plugins.

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  2. Vaibhavi says

    Thank you so much for this! I was afraid I’d have to buy a premium theme to make such small changes. This helped tons! :)

  3. tonyalee says

    This was so helpful! The font on my site was so small. Quick question, is there a way to do this for lists in the block editor? I noticed they are still the same size after adding the code to my css editor.

  4. mousam says

    Thank you for this post. I use astra theme and have implemented the custom css method for paragraph.

    Thank you again

  5. M Santimi says

    Thanks for being a reliable source of factual information pertaining to wordpress.

    Would appreciate an easy way to change light grey fonts to a more easily readable black.

  6. Susan Narayan says

    Nice video, but I was looking for a way to decrease the size of the font in my post title. Any resources you could direct me to?
    Thank you.

  7. Gulzar says

    I was actually looking for something like TINY MCE, thanks for the help.
    You are doing a great job, keep it up!

  8. mod says

    Hi, I want to change the default wordpress font size. I tried to add it in additional css. But it did not work. Please suggest me what to do. Thanks

  9. Ryan G. Cullen says

    I want to add a tiny text at the right size of image like a source link refer to image from…

    Help me how can I do this?

  10. Habib Khan says

    Hey,
    I was confused about the size of font. What is the size of font you are using in wpbeginner

    Either way, Your articles are best keep it up!

    Cheers,
    Habib

  11. Elise says

    Hello!
    I tried to change the font sizes (body+headings) in CSS but wasn’t successful;

    Something went wrong. Your change may not have been saved. Please try again. There is also a chance that you may need to manually fix and upload the file over FTP.

    What should I do? Your comments would be greatly appreciated ☺️

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on where you are adding the code, are you under Appearance>Customize>Additional CSS?

      Admin

  12. Victor says

    With the new version of WordPress, this does not work. I am not sure why the article lists as 4/19 because some comments are a lot older.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The date updates even if we edit out typos, these methods should work with the classic editor and for the block editor, there is the option to change the font size in the paragraph’s block settings.

      Admin

  13. Radoslav says

    My theme is Sydney The articles’ titles are too big in mobile. Is there a way to change them without coding and without plugins. I use Elementor.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you’re using Elementor, then it should have options to change the font size in the design options for what you’re using to display the post. If you’re not customizing your layout with Elementor it would require CSS or reaching out to the theme’s support.

      Admin

  14. john felicetti says

    I want to change the site title font on my self-hosted wordpress site and cannot get a simple answer as to how to do that. can you help?

  15. Jim says

    In the video, at 28 seconds, the editor is shown. There are all kinds of tools in the button bar.

    My dashboard doesn’t have that editor. There are, in fact, no buttons at all, just a text box with giant text in it.

    So, how do I get access to a real editor like you have?

    Jim

  16. Keith Brian Johnson says

    What if you want to make the title smaller but the tagline bigger? Being able to dictate fonts and sizes of text in posts is great, but how about the title and tagline?

    • Darlene says

      My old WP theme appears to have coded Heading 1 in 12 pt font like normal text. I manually change each heading to 14 pt. But then the coding doesn’t say “h1” which Google robots look for. If I use your plugin(which is cool) and change heading font sizes, will they still be labeled h1, h2, h3? Also, I don’t want to change fonts on pages already customized. Can I apply the plugin to blog posts only? Thanks.

  17. Danny says

    The use of px (or pt) in this Guide is not recommendable, because on small Screens like on Smartphones the font size is very small. Its better to use em.

  18. Andrew Oliver says

    I want to enlarge Excel spreadsheets in my posts. I snip them and upload them via Add Media. But I don’t see a way to increase the font size of these uploads.
    So…. I increased the font size in my spreadsheet and then snipped and uploaded the spreadsheet with the larger font – but it still appears as the original size.
    Is there any way to increase the font size in the post as it currently is too small to be easily read (there are several columns in my spreadsheet)?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hi Andrew,

      We are not sure we fully understand your question. If you are uploading your spreadsheet as an image file, then its dimensions will depend on your post container. Let’s suppose your post container or content area is 600px wide, then your theme will automatically shrink the image to fit in the container. You can also try selecting full size image before inserting it into your post.

      Admin

      • Mylene says

        Hi, thanks for sharing, very useful indeed. Is there a way to also adjust the font size of the title, or maybe better done in CSS (and if so, how)? thanks again!

  19. jackson says

    I use tinymcv plugin to change the font size. but when i press enter and go to the next line the font size will be default value which is 9pt. How can I change the default value to 12pt.

  20. jitendra says

    Thanks for the post. But I want to know more… I want to make the bigger size of some special word in a sentence without any plugin. Special words in a sentence. e.g. we are doing in MS word. Can it possible? Hope your answer.

    • Pragati kumar sheel says

      Hi jitendra to do that open your text editor.

      and type “font-size: 120%;”

      For example:

       Your text

      You can change the font % by any value. I hope it will help you.

  21. Brady says

    Thanks for the video and info, but I can’t change single lines of font sizes when writing a blog post.
    In Visual Editor when I select “Heading 1” or “Heading 2” it changes the entire entry, but I only need to change that one line. I have to double space to make that happen without changing everything else. But then the spacing is wrong because it doesn’t need to be double spaced. Please help. And is there any other way to change font by font size (11, 12, 14, etc) instead of the preselected “Heading 1” “Heading 2”, etc.? Because TinyMCE didn’t work for me. Thanks!

  22. veonescu ghe says

    What are you talking about, WordPress? Just make a simple option to increase the font size! Not widgets that don’t work with some themes or they work for one paragraph etc. Because the Paragraph tab give either too small a font, or weirdly formatted, hard to read. Why is it so hard to just add an option to increase the size wit a button?…

    • Theresa says

      Not kidding. This should not be this difficult. Every time I hit return it reverts back to the original size. Do I really have to select the font size for every single paragraph?

  23. Liv Ramirez says

    Hi. Thank you. I am learning how to edit font size, font type and spacing. This is a big help.

  24. Anna says

    Hi, first of all thank you for all the knowlege available on this site. It’s great !
    I followed instructions from this article, but I still can’t change to font size in headers. I installed both TinyMCE and Google fonts. I am able to change font styles but not the size.

    Thank you,
    Anna

  25. Chidi Anslem says

    Thanks for this great post. It worked for me. I can now edit font family, change font size, underline text, highlight text and even insert table. Thanks.

  26. Philip says

    I just updated my site and theme. I am having a weird issue of my woocommerce product titles having bigger fonts than they were before updates. i have tried custom css from other forums and wondering if maybe I can get an option here.. Kindly advise.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hey Philip,

      Have you tested your website with different browsers and devices to make sure that it is not an issue with your browser settings. After that try reaching out to your theme developer, they will be able to tell you whats changed in the new version or if there is a better way to solve this issue.

      Admin

  27. Thomas says

    Is there a simple way to set a new default font size in WP?
    I have been manually setting to a larger font to improve readability but the theme doesn’t like it and tends to revert back to default whenever I press ENTER and also the paragraph headings don’t work when I’m inside text with the new size.
    I’d have thought this would have been one of the first features to include in WP themes. The current default font is very small and I find it hard to read.
    Thanks, Thomas.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hi Thomas,

      You can go to Appearance » Customize and click on the Additional CSS tab.

      Then in the CSS box on the left panel, add this CSS at the end of whatever text/code you see there.

      body { 
      font-size:16px; 
      }
      

      You will see font size change in the live preview. Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save & Publish’ button on top.

      Admin

      • Marcia says

        This is so ridiculous and why I’m having a hard time with WP. It should be just as Word. You highlight the text and select from 100’s of fonts. Why does WP make this so difficult for the lay person? Can this not be changed?

  28. Will says

    How do you change the font size of the title….I am not talking about content I mean the page title located at the very top of a page..

  29. Jayesh Parmar says

    My website I am unable to write post using advance tinymce. I have already installed the advance tinymce plug in , but it works for adding job only. It doesn’t work for post writing. I have tried a lot to change the same. but it does not work,, How to change font now

  30. Neeraj says

    i have also a Hindi Language blog, i have installed theme but i am unable to change font size in the theme, , my blog is Hindi Blog, all words are showing good expect Hindi font. can you help me

      • Neeraj Arora says

        Thanks for the msg, my problem has solved, i have added this code in the theme

        .entry-content p {
        font-size: 16px !important;
        }

        after that font showing good

  31. Bhekimpilo Ncube says

    Another way to change the size is to switch to text view in the TinyMCE editor, wrap the text you wish to change size on and use html tags and attributes to change the size of the text. An example is one below:

    This text will be 65% of the normal size of text on the page

  32. Jason Kioke says

    Hello, I’m trying to change Title font size of my post. I previewed my post and the title size looks too small. How do I make the title size bigger? I am using Awaken Theme on WordPress. I don’t know how to change code in style.css

  33. Agile Care says

    Very elaborative and to the point I loved the video it made change the whole look of my site

  34. David says

    Hi,

    I am trying to change the font size in my menu above my pages, how do I do that?

    Thanks very much

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