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I want to use the itemize environment exactly as it works by default, but hide the bullets that would otherwise appear.

Is there an easy way to do this?

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You can do this in several ways: for example, by using an empty optional argument for \item (as Jake suggested), or by using the enumitem package to use an empty label, or by redefining \labelitemi; these approaches are illustrated in the following example:



  \item[] First.
  \item[] Second.

  \item First.
  \item Second.

  \item First.
  \item Second.


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\begin{itemize}[label={}] doesn't work; \begin{itemize}[\label{}] does! – PLG Feb 11 '14 at 10:27
@PLG Sure? \begin{itemize}[\label{}] will trigger an error; on the other hand, label={} as an option to the environment (having loaded enumitem), suppresses the label, as required. – Gonzalo Medina Feb 11 '14 at 12:18
Using the MacTex environment, [label={}] produces label= as bullet symbol. Both [\label{}] and [\label={}] seem to produce the empty bullet symbol. – PLG Feb 12 '14 at 16:21
@PLG Can you please upload elsewhere (and provide a link in your next reply) a simple document producing the result you mention? – Gonzalo Medina Feb 12 '14 at 17:10
Using the mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/biblatex-contrib/… template and \begin{itemize}[label={}] \item First. \item Second. \end{itemize} Results in an error. Using ftp.springer.de/pub/tex/latex/llncs/latex2e/llncs2e.zip results in the label= that I described above. Perhaps it is the class files, but then it would be good to have some clarification of what is going on. Thanks in advance for your effort! =) – PLG Feb 14 '14 at 11:17

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