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When you itemize items you usually have the entire list indented. This is expected when you have a title or description of what you are listing. I want to itemize but not have the natural indent. I need to move all of the bullet points over towards the the leftmost edge of the margin like all other text you would enter. How can I do this?

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You might want to have a look at this question from stackoverflow (which really should have been moved here) stackoverflow.com/questions/4968557/latex-very-compact-itemize – ArTourter Jan 10 '13 at 2:17
I actually tried that. The answer with the most points was tried. The itemize did become smaller but did not moved towrd the left margin at all. – Bobdul Jan 10 '13 at 2:24
Welcome to TeX.SE! – cmhughes Jan 10 '13 at 2:24
@ArTourter Migration of older questions is deliberately not allowed (to avoid flooding sites with questions of variable quality). Thus is we want the same information here someone has to post it independently. – Joseph Wright Jan 10 '13 at 7:09
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Any customization of a list environment, such as itemize, enumerate, etc, is most elegantly handled by the enumitem package.

You can use leftmargin=* locally,

  \item one 
  \item two
  \item three

or else you use


in your preamble to make the change global.




  \item one 
  \item two
  \item three

  \item one 
  \item two
  \item three
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That worked great. Thank you for your help. – Bobdul Jan 10 '13 at 2:26
@Bobdul you're welcome :) – cmhughes Jan 10 '13 at 2:37
Thanks for the solution! Just adding reference, this also works for the enumerate environment (: – Rubens Apr 15 '13 at 2:40
When I try this, it works, however, it removes the space between the item and the bullet point: *item when I'm really looking for... * item – jc_os Dec 12 '13 at 1:59
How does this work in amsart?? – Marcel Jul 4 '14 at 12:33

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