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What I am looking for is a way to specify some formatting, say italics, for the body of each \item in an itemize/enumerate/description environment, up front, without having to do it explicitly for each item. Moreover, I want no formatting for the Labels. This is what I want:

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And here is my code sample:



 \item[Label 1:] Item 1
 \item[Label 2:] Item 2
 \item[Label 3:] Item 3


Is this a good way of doing it or is there a better way?

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To setup any list environment the package enumitem is a very good choice.

The package provides the key before where you can execute any code. If you set \itshape this will influence the whole inclusive of the labels. So you have to set the font of the labels by \normalfont.

This leads to:


This method is recommend to setup one list.

Modifying all lists maybe separate by the type you can use the command \setlist

The following line sets every label to \normalfont whereby the body font will be italics.


If you want to specify the environment you can use the optional argument of \setlist


The command \setlist allows much more. For example the specifying of the influenced depth.

I recommend to have a look at the documentation which also provides a lot of examples.

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It may also be advisable, based on the original MWE, to use \begin{enumerate}[before=\itshape,font=\normalfont,label=Label~\arabic*:] instead of itemize. – Werner Jul 23 '12 at 17:54
@Werner: Indeed. But I don't know whether Label 1 is only an example or not ;-) – Marco Daniel Jul 23 '12 at 17:55
@MarcoDaniel: Thanks for the information. Actually I have been goinf through the documentation for enumitem before making this post. What I find strange is that the general syntax as well as any description of the commands \setlist and \newlist are missing from the manual. The author randomly introduces the commands at the end of Page 2. Could you provide some more information on the general syntax for the two commands? – Chatterjee Jul 23 '12 at 18:21
@MarcoDaniel: Sorry, my bad. The commands are defined at the end. The overall content of the package is a bit disorganized; hence my troubles in finding what I was looking for – Chatterjee Jul 23 '12 at 18:30
@MarcoDaniel: I asked another question about a month back but got no replies. I reposted the question today. Here is the link: tex.stackexchange.com/q/64414/15006 Can you please help me with this? – Chatterjee Jul 23 '12 at 18:38

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