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I am trying to explicitly assign font sizes to elements of the memoir documentclass. For example, I want the part to be 17pts. Chapter titles to be 14pts. Section titles 13pt. and normal text 12pt.

I read the memoir document class, in page 104, it shows the heading styles naming, I used it as in my MWE, but I don't know if this is the right way to do it.

And still, I did not know how to set the normal text size.

MWE:

\documentclass{memoir}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\renewcommand{\partnumfont}{\fontsize{17pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}
\renewcommand{\partnamefont}{\fontsize{17pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}
\renewcommand{\parttitlefont}{\fontsize{17pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}

\renewcommand{\chapnumfont}{\fontsize{14pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}
\renewcommand{\chapnamefont}{\fontsize{14pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}
\renewcommand{\chaptitlefont}{\fontsize{14pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}

\renewcommand{\secheadstyle}{\fontsize{13pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}

\renewcommand{\subsecheadstyle}{\fontsize{13pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}
\renewcommand{\subsubsecheadstyle}{\fontsize{13pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}
\renewcommand{\paraheadstyle}{\fontsize{13pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}
\renewcommand{\subparaheadstyle}{\fontsize{13pt}{\baselineskip}\bfseries}

\begin{document}
\part{parts title and text are 17pt}
\chapter{chapters are 14 pt}
\section{section titles are 13 pt} 

Normal text is 12 pt.
\end{document}
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  • Normalsize of 12pt is obtained by passing the 12pt class option, the default is 10pt.
    – daleif
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 13:11

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Following from the comment by @daleif you use an option to the memoir class command to set the general text size (no option, default is 10pt). You need

\documentclass[12pt]{memoir}

to get 12pt as the normal text size.

If you specify this then the default font size for Part and Chapter titles is \huge which corresponds to 25pt. For your 17pt size use \Large and for your 14pt size use \large. You are on your own for a 13pt font macro as memoir provides for 12pt and 14pt font size macros but not 13pt.

Chapter 3 Text and fonts of the manual (< texdoc memoir) details the font size macros and Chapter 6 Document Divisions contains information (if you search diligently) about the size of fonts used in the divisional headings.

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  • @Sari If my answer solved your problem about the normal font size, please accept it. Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 19:32
  • @Sari Can you think of any reason why I should spend time and effort in trying to help you? Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 20:46

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