# beamer: More elegant way to uncover list items starting on the second slide?

Using LaTeX and beamer, I'm using the shorthanded notation <+-> and its variants (e.g. <+-| alert@+>, etc.) to have list items uncovered so that I do not have to manually enter a specific number for each slide, and can insert a new list item without having to renumber everything.

However, sometimes I want to display some text that appears before the first list item is shown. The way I have done this is to create an invisible item (called \noitem below) and insert that as my first list item. It is admittedly a kludge ... and, furthermore, it forces the insertion of some vertical space between the text shown initially and the list. Is there a more elegant way to do this? Ideally, it should not require extra vertical space either.

Here's a MWE:

\documentclass{beamer}

\newcommand{\noitem}{\item[{\color{white} blank}] {\color{white} blank}}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}{Test}
Some text displayed initially.
\begin{itemize}[<+->]
\noitem  % invisible item shown on first slide
\item First item, uncovered on second slide
\item Second item, uncovered on third slide.
\end{itemize}
\end{frame}

\end{document}

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You can put \pause before the \begin{itemize} line.

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Of course, how silly of me not to think of that... Thank you very much. –  André Dec 20 '11 at 4:27
@André Sometimes it's the simple stuff that escapes us. Also, I think once you learn about <+-> you tend to internalize it as "don't ever use \pause", but sometimes \pause is just what's needed. –  Alan Munn Dec 20 '11 at 5:25
I have images coming after the item list which I want to be visible before the first list item becomes visible. Putting a \pause before the \begin{itemize} hides the images as well on the first slide. How can I prevent that? –  StrawberryFieldsForever Aug 21 '13 at 18:20

Use the overlay specification <+(1)-> instead of <+->, to offset the + in the overlay specification by 1:

\documentclass{beamer}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}{Test}
Some text displayed on all slides in the frame.
\begin{itemize}[<+(1)->]
\item First item, uncovered on second slide
\item Second item, uncovered on third slide.
\end{itemize}
Some more text to be displayed on all slides in the frame.
\end{frame}

\end{document}


Animation:

Single frames: First slide, second slide, third slide

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Could you add complete code based on the OP's MWE? –  egreg Aug 21 '13 at 19:25
@egreg: Good idea. I've updated the answer. –  StrawberryFieldsForever Aug 21 '13 at 20:44
Cool, I didn't know about that additional syntax! –  Daniel Aug 21 '13 at 21:39
Nice animation, Qrrbrbirlbel! :) –  StrawberryFieldsForever Aug 22 '13 at 7:32