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I am using the ut-thesis template, and this is what stock bulleted lists look like:

\usepackage{enumitem}

 %...

\begin{itemize}
\item{I like margin}
\item{I like margarine}
\end{itemize}

\begin{itemize}[leftmargin=0pt]
\item{I don't like}
\item{I don't like margarine}
\end{itemize}

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But now in my document, for some reason, the lists have started to look like this:

enter image description here

with massive space between them. I am using the \usepackage{enumitem} declaration

Why are my lists so spacey now? Using Bakoma Tex 9.

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Oh, I understand.

It's just a property of how LaTeX decided to flow my document. Because I had an image placed with [H] immediately below the bullet list, it decided to add massive space to the bulleted lists, as a sort of filler (because the image wouldn't fit on the page and had to go on the next page). I had never encountered this type of "vertical justification" before, while it's pretty neat, it's pretty disorienting too.

To override this behaviour, I can add arguments to itemize to make it work:

\begin{itemize}\itemsep0pt \parskip0pt \parsep0pt
\item{I like margin}
\item{I like margarine}
\end{itemize}

This gives a list with no extra spacing.

but there is a lot of empty space around the list now, so you're probably better off letting LaTeX do it's flow thang (in this case I just took the [H] off).

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A cool trick is to use the placeins package. This enables you to use the restrict where figures,tables and such can float. –  N3buchadnezzar Jul 9 '12 at 7:45
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The fundamental error is to use the [H] specifier. Don't. –  egreg Jul 9 '12 at 8:23
    
Sometimes I [H]ave to –  bobobobo Jul 15 '12 at 16:39
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