How does one move out the "a)" so that the text in the enumerated environment aligns with everything else? Basically I want to produce text with default align alignment but where one is able to add alphabetic enumerations that do not interfere with the paragraphs; instead they should "float/hover" beside the paragraphs.


The enumitem package provides ways to customize lists. Specifying leftmargin=0pt will put the label in the margin:

Sample output






\item Let us look at

    A test theorem.



If you wish all your enumeration enviroments to have this format, then you can write:


in the preamble and just \begin{enumerate}...\end{enumarate} without having to specify options each time.

  • Thanks a heap! Why did we need "shortlabels"? – user37752 Oct 5 '13 at 15:01
  • I just use shortlabels so I can specify the label as a) rather than label=\alph*). – Andrew Swann Oct 6 '13 at 11:52

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