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I have an enumerate list inside an empty description item.

The minimal file is,


\item [A Label:]

  \item A1.
  \item A2.
  \item A3.


The problem is, A1 comes after the colon (:). As you can see here,

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But I want A1 in a new line, with 1. aligned with 2.

I tried putting a \relax in the empty description item. Nothing was improved.

Any suggestion will be appreciated.

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

This must be a duplicate but I didn't see a good question to reference after a quick search so the easiest way without doing any complicated redefinitions of latex list code is

  \item [A Label:]\mbox{}\\[-1.5\baselineskip]

where the \mbox forces a paragraph start so the nested list indents normally.

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Thanks. Worked flawlessly. I did some searching before asking the question. I did not find any. – Masroor Nov 23 '12 at 12:42
If I am not mistaken, this approach may separate the two environments (description and enumerate) at a break page, in such a way that A Label: will be placed at the end of the page while the list 1., 2., 3. will move to the next page. What would be a way to avoid this behavior? – pluton Jan 6 '14 at 2:28
@pluton using \\* rather than \\ would strongly discourage a page break – David Carlisle Jan 6 '14 at 10:16

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