I am using \small in a list environment in Beamer and facing a problem that the text after closing of \small is still small. Following is a minimal working example of the problem:



\frametitle{Weird behaviour of $\setminus$small in the listing env.} 
\item This is normal text and \small{this is small text}, and $\setminus$\texttt{small} is closed but this is still small
\item This new item is still small although no \texttt{$\setminus$small} used 


The output is as follows: enter image description here

Appreciate so much if you can show me how to fix this.

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    You can use {\small <your text>}
    – Alex R.
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 16:46
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    It's a common misunderstanding that \small (and the similar commands) take an argument: they don't, but specify some setting to hold till the end of the group they're in.
    – egreg
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 16:50

1 Answer 1


It is improperly used: not \small{this is small text}, but {\small this is small text}.

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