# Itemized list is appearing outside of margins

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
@domotorp, not clear what you want other than use \item[] text with no bullet ? – David Carlisle Oct 20 '14 at 20:45
@David: This did not work for some reason, the text went onto the margin. But using description environment miraculously helped for some reason. – domotorp Oct 20 '14 at 21:33

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}


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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Why is this a solution to the problem? I have the same issue but I want to name my items, like \item[Step a]. If I do your way, then I will have bullets instead of names. – domotorp Oct 16 '14 at 19:14
@domotorp: Sounds like you should use a description environment rather than itemize. Or perhaps use \begin{itemize}[label={}] with the enumitem package. Instead of describing it, it would be best if you composed a fully compilable MWE including \documentclass and the appropriate packages that reproduces the problem. – Peter Grill Oct 18 '14 at 1:50
@Peter: I see that with enumitem you can do many things, unfortunately I could not figure out what to use. A MWE would be \documentclass[11pt,twoside]{article} \begin{itemize} \item[{Step (a)}] \end{itemize} \end{document} – domotorp Oct 18 '14 at 8:15
@Peter: Oops, things worked perfectly with the description environment now, thanks for your help. – domotorp Oct 18 '14 at 8:18