What are the different font sizes, such as clear, large and giant?

The 'point' is the usual unit for measuring the size of fonts.

  • regular print is usually 10 or 12 point (most magazines and newspapers are usually between 8 and 12 point)
  • clear print is usually 14 point
  • large print is usually 16 point or higher - and this may be large enough for people who have some useful sight, but who struggle to read regular print
  • giant print is usually 18 point or larger.

To see examples of the different 'point' sizes download the PDF below:

If you're thinking of producing material in large print for someone, check with them first to see what size font they are comfortable reading. Some people may even prefer audio for very long documents or books. You should also consider using a font that is very clear, such as Arial or a specialist font such as Tiresias.

For advice on creating accessible documents in print see How do I create clear print and large print documents?

For advice on changing your font size on a computer or tablet see What is screen magnification?

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