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In Beamer, I use the following code \setbeamerfont{description item}{size=\tiny} but it seem not to work. How can I make description items use tiny as fontsize?

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marked as duplicate by egreg, lockstep, Heiko Oberdiek, Gonzalo Medina, Werner Jun 30 '13 at 1:19

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Perhaps \setbeamerfont{itemize item}{size=\tiny}? – Claudio Fiandrino Jun 29 '13 at 11:38
@Claudio Fiandrino: This also applies to itemize. Is it possible to apply it to only certain ones by using options like \begin{itemize}[options here]? – bkarpuz Jun 29 '13 at 14:26
So, if the problem is not the numbering, this is a question that Marco answered quite recently, see: Changing color and fonts of itemize. – Claudio Fiandrino Jun 29 '13 at 14:52
If the problem is solved do you mind if we close this as duplicate of the other Q/A? – Claudio Fiandrino Jun 29 '13 at 15:11
@ClaudioFiandrino In my opinion, this should not be a duplicate. Using the enumitem package with beamer is not recommended; in fact, it shouldn't be done. This question deserves a proper beamer way of doing what was requested. I've voted for reopening. – Gonzalo Medina Jun 29 '13 at 16:35
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In TeX Live 2013 in a Linux your code work for the labels. To change only the font size of the text you can simply put \tiny just before of the first item. To do this automatically every time, you can use the solution cited by Alan Munn:


Or you can redefine the description environment, or better, simply define a new environment so you can use also the original description:


\setbeamerfont{description item}{size=\tiny}

Scriptsize labels and large font in text    
\setbeamerfont{description item}{size=\scriptsize}
\item[test] test    
\item[test] test 

Large labels and scriptsize fontin text 

\setbeamerfont{description item}{size=\Large}
\item[test] test    
\item[test] test 

\setbeamerfont{description item}{size=\normalsize}

The \texttt{tynidesc} environment   

\item[test] test    
\item[test] test 

Normal \texttt{description} environment 

\item[test] test    
\item[test] test 



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Notice that this only changes the font size of the label of the description, not its text. If the OP wants to change the text itself, then they need to use this solution: Beamer and description environment text size (in which case the question is a duplicate, I should think.) – Alan Munn Jun 29 '13 at 21:41
@AlanMunn, I see. Answer changed. – Fran Jun 29 '13 at 22:29
With your definition, tynidesc is not overlay-aware. – Gonzalo Medina Jun 29 '13 at 23:52
@GonzaloMedina. It is true, but if required you can still use overlays directly in the items. – Fran Jun 30 '13 at 0:10

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