How Big is a Point? (We’re Talking Font Size)


Jason Morrell

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Have you ever wondered: What is a point? Not, what is the point, - a point? 

Whenever you see a reference to font size, it is specified in points, e.g. font size 10, font size 12. What is 'point size'? How big is a point?

Again, this is a historical convention that dates back to the original printing presses of yesteryear.

There are 72 points in one inch.

Therefore, if you are using font size 12, the text size is 12/72 of an inch high when it is printed.

Put another way, 1 inch contains exactly 6 lines of size 12 text (6 x 12 = 72).

You never know when a fun fact like that might pop up in pub trivia quiz.

So now you know!

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Please feel free to post any questions you have into the comments below. And before you leave this page, I want to give you one quick little action item! 

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Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Jason Morrell

Jason loves to simplify the hard stuff, cut the fluff and share what actually works. Things that make a difference. Things that slash hours from your daily work tasks. He runs a software training business in Queensland, Australia, lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and 4 kids and often talks about himself in the third person!


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