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I am writing a document in LaTeX for someone who is visually impaired, which means that I have to increase the font sizes for them. How do I increase the size of the font used for the footnote counter.

When used with the footmisc package, \renewcommand\footnotelayout{\Large} increases the size of the font used for the content of a footnote, but it does not increase the size of the footnote counter. How can I do this please?

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You can redefine the footnote counter printing macro \thefootnote:

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\documentclass{article}
\setlength{\textheight}{100pt}% Just for this example
\usepackage{footmisc}% http://ctan.org/pkg/footmisc
\usepackage{relsize}% http://ctan.org/pkg/relsize
\renewcommand\footnotelayout{\Large}
\renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\larger[2]\arabic{footnote}}%
\begin{document}
Here is some text\footnote{This is a footnote} and some more text.
\end{document}

I've used relsize that provides \smaller[<i>] and \larger[<i>] to decrease/increase the font size by <i> steps. Although this is not necessary, it merely shows what can be done. Alternatively, you can also just use

\renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\large\arabic{footnote}}

where \large is the font size you want.

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You could use the LatexPaper package on CTAN, see http://people.pwf.cam.ac.uk/ssb22/notes/#latex

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How would you use latexpaper to increase the font size of a footnote? Could you provide a little more detail by means of an example? –  Werner Jun 12 '12 at 20:46

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