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I am writing a memoir document with a subsection that contains a itemized list. This itemized list is not appearing within the margins of text, but instead starts somewhere unknown and only has the last few words of each item in the margin. The rest of the document fits within the margin, just this small section with the list seems to be off.

Apparently I can't post an image but I hope I described it well enough.

Can anyone explain to me what I might need to do to fix this?

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The problem would be much more comprehensible if you add a minimal example to your question. –  Thorsten Donig Feb 8 '12 at 19:08
    
You can still post images - just remove the ! before the link and someone with editing privileges will embed the image correctly. –  Werner Feb 8 '12 at 20:43
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The problem has been solved on LaTeX-Community.org.

Since the poster used square brackets for the text, LaTeX treated it like label text and aligns it this way, right aligned with few space. For demonstrating that explanation:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
  \item [This is a very long text, which goes into the left margin
    and is only partially visible.]
  \item A normal item for comparing.
\end{itemize}
\end{document}

wrog alignment

So the solution is to remove the square brackets. If square brackets cause such problems with \item or other commands, they can be protected by braces {[...]} or separated from the command by braces {}[...].

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