I am editing a document using graphicx with width options set by setkey, as in


The problem is that when I want to specifically resize a picture with scale option, it does not work. Therefore


Has no effect at all. It seems to be overriden by the width.

There is any way to make graphicx forget the width for one specific figure?

Obs: resetting the width of the figure works, but I would like to avoid measuring figures.

  • 1
    Why not width=0.5\linewidth?
    – jon
    Mar 7, 2016 at 2:23
  • What does 'measuring' mean? Do you want to 'scale' the 'true size' of some images while others just get scaled to \linewidth? How do you know what to scale them without 'measuring'?
    – jon
    Mar 7, 2016 at 3:50
  • First, a wish to see the command working. Second, it seems more natural to work with scale than.
    – Xexeo
    Mar 10, 2016 at 0:11

1 Answer 1


You can use an exclamation to reset the width and height values:





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  • If I use \usepackage[french]{babel} in the preamble, and I write something before the second includegraphics, like dfhg \includegraphics[width=!,totalheight=!,scale=0.5]{example-image-A} I got errors. Any ideas why, and what I can do ?
    – Antoine
    Oct 25, 2016 at 10:46
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    @antoine french makes the ! active to insert small spaces (when inside a paragraph so you have a problem only if a paragraph has been started). Use either \shorthandoff{!} before the graphic, or width=\detokenize{!}. Oct 25, 2016 at 11:08

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