the normal % character is a little bit bigger than numbers so I want to reduce its size by the command {\small }. I tried it with the command \renewcommand{\%}{{\small \%}} but that produces the error: TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [grouping levels=255] \% It's possible to solve it by entering \newcommand{\test}{{\small \%}} but that leaves me to change the expression in around 30 documents with a possibility of making an error myself.


\renewcommand{\%}{{\small \%}}

{\small \%}

(1{\small \%})


An example of the bad looking % charakter (done by changing one command to %\renewcommand{\%}{{\small \%}}:

example of %-size


If you want a solution suitable for all sizes you can try (requires graphicx package)


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MWE to generate the example:




\tiny 1\%

\scriptsize 1\%

\footnotesize 1\%

\small 1\%

\normalsize 1\%

\large 1\%

\Large 1\%

\LARGE 1\%

\huge 1\%

\Huge 1\%

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    Thanks @David. Without your packages half of the things we can do with TeX wouldn't be doable... :-) Sep 1 '13 at 15:45

You can do

\renewcommand{\%}{{\small \oldpercent}}

But note this only does the right thing at normal size, it will always use \small even if the current size is \huge.

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    I suppose one could cater to the fact that the surrounding text might not be set in "normalsize" by loading the relsize package and setting \renewcommand{\%}{{\smaller \oldpercent}}... :-)
    – Mico
    Sep 1 '13 at 14:54

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