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Adobe FrameMaker: Refining the Type Size List

By Barb Binder

Do you have some favorite FrameMaker type sizes that you use all the time? Are they listed in the picture below?

Adobe FrameMaker: Font Size List Prior to Editing the maker.ini file

The sizes listed in the picture above are the default type sizes listed in FrameMaker’s Paragraph and Character Designers. If your favorite choices are listed, great! If not, you have to type the size you want into the Size field.

If you’d like to modify the Size list so that it includes your favorite Sizes, read on. Note: Before attempting the following steps, please make a back-up copy of the maker.ini file in case you need to restore it later.

  1. Open C:Program FilesAdobeFrameMakerXmaker.ini in an ASCII text editor like Notepad*
  2. Scroll down until you find the following text:
    ; Sizes which will appear in the Format dialog boxes:
    Sizes=7pt, 8pt, 9pt, 10pt, 11pt, 12pt, 14pt, 18pt, 24pt, 36pt
  3. You can edit the exiting point sizes, and add additional options, like this:
    Sizes=4pt, 6pt, 8pt, 9pt, 10pt, 11pt, 12pt, 14pt, 18pt, 24pt, 36pt, 72pt, 144pt, 400pt
    (Note: You will need to stay within FrameMaker’s range of 2 to 400 points.)
  4. Save and close the maker.ini file and restart FrameMaker. Take a look at the Paragraph Designer and you’ll see your custom font size is the Size list.
    Adobe FrameMaker: Font Size list after editing the maker.ini file.

* Be sure to use a plain ASCII text editor for this job. Notepad comes free with Windows OS, and SimpleText comes on the Mac OS. Trying to edit the file in a program like Word or Wordpad will reformat the maker.ini file and cause problems with FrameMaker. Let me remind you to always back-up the maker.ini file before editing, so that you can restore it, should things go awry.

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