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If I use

\item asdasd
\item dsfsdf

the items are with a bullet, but how can I itemize these two with a "-" (a dash / a hyphen / a small line)?

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One-at-a-time method:

\item[--] asdasd
\item[--] dsfsdf

Set all first-level bullet-point to --:

At preamble,


Set the first-level bullet-point to -- only in one itemize environment:

\item asdasd
\item dsfsdf
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Note that there's no reason that it would have to be two dashes instead of one; this would work equally well as \item[-]. – Tyler McHenry Mar 13 '10 at 15:35
@Tyler: - (hyphen) is shorter than -- (en-dash). – kennytm Mar 13 '10 at 15:35
@Tyler except that it is poorer typographical style, I believe. – Vasily Korolev Mar 13 '10 at 15:41
@Vasily I would not say "poorer"; it's a poor style (it's a thing you want to do when you want to look like MSWord). – yo' Jul 7 '12 at 11:53
@picco's answer is what's needed here, I'd say. – LondonRob Jul 11 '14 at 17:01

For reference, here's a package-wise approach using the (de-facto) list manipulation package, enumitem:

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\usepackage{enumitem}% http://ctan.org/pkg/enumitem
\item asdasd
\item dsfsdf
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% before \begin{document}

% after \begin{document}
 \item asdasd
 \item dsfdsf

Ideally, the enumerate package is already in MiKTeX so you need not download it.

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Welcome to TeX.sx! You can format code using the {} button in the edit window or by indenting the code by four blank spaces. – Peter Jansson Feb 28 '13 at 11:14
@picco: enumerate is a latex “required” package; a distribution that doesn't contain it is non-conforming. so idealism ought not to be required... – wasteofspace Feb 28 '13 at 14:55
This totally looks like an up-to-date best practice to me. – mcbetz Feb 28 '13 at 17:31
This is clearly the best answer! – LondonRob Jul 11 '14 at 16:52

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