This is but a partial solution in my case, for two reasons:
1. \textstyle=\small gives few control, I tried textstyle=5pt without result
2. the setup cannot be placed inside \startuseMPgraphic, where I need it most.

I skimmed through meta-ini.mkiv, but did not find a solution.
It is however quite possible things cannot be done other than by putting a 
fontchange inside each label.

Hans van der Meer

On 6 May 2013, at 6:04 PM, Marco Patzer <> wrote:

> On 2013–05–06 Meer, H. van der wrote:
>> What is the simplest way to change the size of fonts in labels drawn in 
>> MetaPost?
> Probably a font switch directly in the label:
>  label("\small foobar", origin);
>> \switchtobodyfont[size] can be done in \startMPenvironment and inside each 
>> label.
> Better use setupMPinstance:
>  \setupMPinstance
>    [metafun]
>    [textstyle=\small]
> Marco
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