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I can adjust the default font size for a Beamer presentation using any of these options:

\documentclass[pdf,12pt]{beamer} % very small
\documentclass[pdf,14pt]{beamer} % small
\documentclass[pdf,20pt]{beamer} % very large

Values between 14pt and 20pt give the same result as 12pt, but I think the optimal font size lies somewhere between. How can I adjust the font size to something like 18pt?

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beamer allows for a 17pt font size option... –  Werner Jun 12 '13 at 6:47
    
Oh. I only tried 16pt and 18pt. 17, such an odd number. I'd still like to know how to choose other sizes. –  Tim N Jun 12 '13 at 6:49
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There is no easy way: The list of font size options in beamer is hard coded. If you want other font sizes you should copy the definitions from e.g. size17.clo to your preamble, change \newcommand to \renewcommand and then adjust the values. –  Ulrike Fischer Jun 12 '13 at 8:35
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There is no easy way: The list of font size options in beamer is hard coded. If you want other font sizes you should copy the definitions from e.g. size17.clo to your preamble, change \newcommand to \renewcommand and then adjust the values.

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