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I would like to add a bullet in front of every \item[], i.e.

 \item[bla] blubb


bla blubb

I quickly found how to remove them from itemize statements, but not the inverse. So, I would like to know how to prepend every description's item label with something.

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It would probably be better if you create your own list type using enumitem's \newlist feature.

If you don't want to do so, here's a hack, but it is somehow maintainable: Use the enumitem package and do the following:


That is, you encode the special stuff in the thing that sould be your font, but it works fine, as long as the $\bullet (or equivalent) is in front of the actual description label.

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The following works really nice when put in the preamble: \usepackage{enumitem}\setlist[description]{font=\textendash\enskip\scshape\bfse‌​ries} – Marki Aug 9 '11 at 7:04

One quick way is to do it manually for each bullet:

  \item[$\cdot$ bla1] item 1
  \item[$\bullet$ bla2] item 2
  \item[$\ast$ bla3] item 3

This produces:

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Obviously, that is not what I planned to do :-) – Marki Aug 8 '11 at 14:17
@Marki - there may be a way to do it for each item as a renewcommand, but the quick and dirty way works. Even with a lot of items, you could do a search/replace and put in the $\cdot$ command for each item. But, maybe someone will come along and present a different way to do it. – Chris Gregg Aug 8 '11 at 14:42
Though this was not the OP asked, I thank you @chris Gregg, as it was useful to me ;) – Sosi May 20 '13 at 10:50
Hi, could you build subitem under your prescription? I used "\subitem[$\cdot$ bla1] item 1", it gives me "[. bla1] item1". I do not want the "[]". – user26143 Sep 4 '14 at 13:17

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