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How can I enlarge the font size of pifont characters? I tried to use \large{\ding{204}}, but it doesn't work.

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Since you're using these font elements via macros, you may just as well scale/resize them using graphicx's \scalebox/\resizebox. Here's one option using the former:

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx,pifont}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{graphicx,pifont}
\let\oldding\ding% Store old \ding in \oldding
\renewcommand{\ding}[2][1]{\scalebox{#1}{\oldding{#2}}}% Scale \oldding via optional argument
\begin{document}

\ding{196}\ \ding[1.1]{196}\ \ding[1.2]{196}\ \ding[1.5]{196}
\end{document}

\ding[<factor>]{<element>} now scales \ding{<element>} to <factor> as an added optional argument. Default is 1, implying no scaling.

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