I'd like to define the font size in a standalone document so that it is identical to the one in my "real" big document.

I have several standalone-documents. In those, I'd like to implement an option which makes the standalone-documents simply adhere to what is written in font-config.tex (see MWE)--which is currently empty.

(In my main document, I of course define the size as an option for the documentclass (scrreprt), but I am a bit clueless what to do here since standalone does not take \KOMAoptions obviously.)

What should I write into font-config.tex so that it basically mimics whatever I define for my real document?






(0,0) coordinate (A)
(1,1) coordinate (B)
\draw[thick] (A) rectangle (B) node[anchor=south west, align=left] {Words abc.\\Test.};

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standalone uses article as its 'base' class, but you can change this with the class=<classname> option. Hence, you could tell standalone to use a KOMA class with


You can then use the \KOMAoptions directly in your standalone files, place it in the font-config file, or add the fontsize declaration to the class options directly.

  • But when I use this class, I no longer get the nice feature of standalone that my document is perfectly sized to my image. Mar 5, 2017 at 22:42
  • @CarlSorensen Ehm, yes you do. Just try, \documentclass[class=scrreprt]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) grid (5,5); \end{tikzpicture} \end{document} Mar 5, 2017 at 23:24
  • @Torbjørn T. Only if the width of the image is less than the width of the page in the scrreport. Try \documentclass[class=scrreprt{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) grid (30,5); \end{tikzpicture} \end{document} Mar 6, 2017 at 0:36
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    @CarlSorensen Works perfectly fine here. I have no idea why you'd see different, so I'd suggest you ask a new question. Add \listfiles at the start of that code, and add the code and the .log file to the question. Mar 6, 2017 at 7:26

You could also just set the fontsize:


First argument is the font size, second the baselineskip.

  • Although even your reply is now 2 years old nearly to the day, I'd like to say thanks, yes that would be an alternative. To clarify, the reason behind my question is that the "standalone-file" would be in some sub-folder of the main latex document, thus the standalone-file should inherit some/all of the options which exist for the main document.
    – henry
    Jun 24 at 12:57

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