Increase the font size by 2 pixel or Increase the font size to 2 pixel?

Which one is correct, please let me know

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    It depends which you want to do. The second is unlikely because you would have to start with a 1 pixel font-size and end with a two-pixel font! – chasly from UK Oct 28 '15 at 11:10
  • Already fixed it! – chasly from UK Oct 28 '15 at 11:12

If your font size is 10px and you need to make it 12px, say "Increase the font size by 2 pixels".

If your font size is smaller than 2px and you need to make it 2px (unlikely, but not impossible), say "Increase the font size to 2 pixels".

Note that in both cases you need pixels (plural), not pixel (singular).

  • And of course in the second case the font size is being decreased. – Hot Licks Oct 28 '15 at 11:24
  • And any font that is only two pixels high is going to be completely unreadable anyway. – Simon B Oct 28 '15 at 13:27
  • you'd be surprised at how much information the eye can glean from a character glyph that is only 4 pixels total. It's shocking how readable it is! – dwoz Oct 28 '15 at 14:50
  • @SimonB We don't know the context, but it's not always about readability to humans. There could in theory be niche cases where tiny fonts are applicable. In the olden days, black-hat SEO guys would stuff HTML pages with keywords for the sake of search engines, and then use tiny fonts for the keywords so human visitors wouldn't notice. There could be icon fonts that look OK even when tiny, etc. – A.P. Oct 28 '15 at 15:51

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