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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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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

\setlist[enumerate]{itemsep=0mm}

to change enumerate globally, and something like

\begin{enumerate}[itemsep=5mm]

to change locally. A complete MWE follows.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\usepackage{enumitem}
\setlist[enumerate]{itemsep=0mm}

\begin{document}

\lipsum[1]
\begin{enumerate}
    \item one
    \item two
\end{enumerate}

\lipsum[2]
\begin{enumerate}[itemsep=5mm]
    \item one
    \item two
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}
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Use the compactenum environment from the paralist package:

\usepackage{paralist}
\begin{compactenum}
\end{compactenum}

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

\renewenvironment{itemize}[1]{\begin{compactitem}#1}{\end{compactitem}}
\renewenvironment{enumerate}[1]{\begin{compactenum}#1}{\end{compactenum}}
\renewenvironment{description}[0]{\begin{compactdesc}}{\end{compactdesc}}
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Compare this answer: tex.stackexchange.com/a/10688/4011, \plparsep controls the vertical space between items –  student Feb 7 '12 at 21:12
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