# R How to Increase / Decrease the Plot Legend Size (2 Examples)

In this post you’ll learn how to increase or decrease the legend size in a graphic in the R programming language.

## Introducing Example Data

```data(iris) # Iris as example data set head(iris) # Sepal.Length Sepal.Width Petal.Length Petal.Width Species # 1 5.1 3.5 1.4 0.2 setosa # 2 4.9 3.0 1.4 0.2 setosa # 3 4.7 3.2 1.3 0.2 setosa # 4 4.6 3.1 1.5 0.2 setosa # 5 5.0 3.6 1.4 0.2 setosa # 6 5.4 3.9 1.7 0.4 setosa```
```plot(x = iris\$Sepal.Length, # Basic plot in R y = iris\$Sepal.Width, pch = 16, col = iris\$Species) legend("topright", # Creating legend legend = levels(iris\$Species), pch = 16, col = 1:3)```

## Example 1: Adding Legend with Larger Size

```plot(x = iris\$Sepal.Length, # Basic plot in R y = iris\$Sepal.Width, pch = 16, col = iris\$Species) legend("topright", # Creating legend legend = levels(iris\$Species), pch = 16, col = 1:3, cex = 2.2) # Increasing size of legend area```

## Example 2: Adding Legend with Smaller Size

```plot(x = iris\$Sepal.Length, # Basic plot in R y = iris\$Sepal.Width, pch = 16, col = iris\$Species) legend("topright", # Creating legend legend = levels(iris\$Species), pch = 16, col = 1:3, cex = 0.6) # Decreasing size of legend area```

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