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Vertical space in lists

Enumerated items seem distant from each other by default settings in the enumerate environment. How can I change that globally (I've seen other solutions, but needed to know which is the best practise), and more importantly for one single instance of an enumerate or itemize environment?

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marked as duplicate by Werner, lockstep, egreg, Seamus, Joseph Wright Feb 14 '12 at 8:24

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I am interested in how to change 'one' instance inside a document as well. – Ayman Elmasry Feb 7 '12 at 21:24

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The enumitem package provides just the kind of commands that can help.

You can use


to change enumerate globally, and something like


to change locally. A complete MWE follows.




    \item one
    \item two

    \item one
    \item two
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Use the compactenum environment from the paralist package:


Redefine the enumerate, itemize and description environments if you want this as standard behavior:

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Compare this answer:, \plparsep controls the vertical space between items – student Feb 7 '12 at 21:12

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