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I'm writing a lengthy project which needs to be in 12pt, but my appendices make use of \small and \tiny commands which only align correctly in 10pt since there is a large amount of numerical data in multiple columns across the pages (these get too squished together and overlap in any higher font size).

I have separate sections and \include those files, and wish only to set the appendix section in a smaller font. I reference to the appendix and it contains many figures so can't make it a separate document.

I'm trying to use \fontsize{10}{12}\selectfont but it's not working. Sometimes it doesn't change anything, at the moment it makes the font slightly smaller but not 10pt size.

Code:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}

\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{multicol} 
\includeonly{intro,theory,appendix}

\begin{document}

\include{intro}
\include{theory} %...etc


{\fontsize{10}{12}\selectfont       %<---this doesn't work
\include{appendix}
}

\end{document}

I'm fairly new to LaTeX and self taught, so most of my help comes from googling and ending up here, but I'm really stuck at this one and the solutions to similar questions don't seem to work for me.

This solution makes the font size correct but seems to add the page margins twice in the appendix, so that the whole appendix text is too far down and too far to the right.

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    Try with \fontsize{10}{12}\selectfont as the first line inside the file appendix – user11232 Feb 17 '13 at 22:35
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    Welcome to TeX.sx! Could you add a sample of the contents of appendix.tex? – Qrrbrbirlbel Feb 17 '13 at 22:38
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    That should work although it would be better to use \footnotesize instead of \fontsize{10}{12}\selectfont as that sets up smaller math fonts etc as well. Please cut down your document to not include the earlier chapters, just some inline text, and have the smallest appendix that shows the problem and then we can test locally, you could also uplaod an image of your result (you'll need to remove the ! from the image markup to make it a link if you do not have the rep to post images) – David Carlisle Feb 17 '13 at 22:38

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