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I'm trying to make an enumerated checklist that looks like this:

    Paragraph text here that says really cool stuff. Notice how the list after is 
    properly indented

    ___ 1. Thing 1
    ___ 2. Thing 2
    ___ 3. Thing 3

    And the paragraph afterward, with good margins

This (though cumbersome) gets pretty close, but for some reason the margin gets messed up:

Paragraph text that says really cool stuff.

\begin{enumerate}
\item[\underline{\hspace{0.5in}} 1.]
\item[\underline{\hspace{0.5in}} 2.]
\item[\underline{\hspace{0.5in}} 3.]
\end{enumerate}

And the paragraph after.

The output looks like this:

    Paragraph text here that says really cool stuff. Notice how the list after is
    NOT PROPERLY INDENTED

___ 1. Thing 1
___ 2. Thing 2
___ 3. Thing 3

    And the paragraph after.

I've dinked around a little with enumitem, but I have the same margin trouble. Can you tell me what I'm doing wrong?

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Welcome to TeX.sx! –  diabonas Feb 12 '13 at 19:44
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I dinked around in enumitem just a little bit more. Try

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[textwidth=3in]{geometry} % so shorter lines wrap
\usepackage{enumitem}

\begin{document}

Some text - a long line so that it wraps and we see the paragraph
indentation

\begin{enumerate}[itemindent=0.5in,
label=\underline{\hspace{0.5in}}\arabic{*}.]
\item Thing 1
\item Thing 2
\item Thing 3
\end{enumerate}

More text, indented as the start of a paragraph. Long enough to wrap.

\end{document}

enter image description here

The itemindent is hard coded, which is a little ugly and may not be robust enough in some cases.

You could wrap the enumerate in your own environment in order not to cut and paste the item options.

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You may have to specify an independent ref=\arabic* option to avoid typesetting the "underline" if you do end up using references. The default (without specifying ref=...) is to duplicate that of label=...). –  Werner Feb 12 '13 at 21:15
    
Thanks a lot, your example helped me understand some of the enumitem options a bit better. –  Eric Jusino Feb 13 '13 at 19:01
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