I have looked around the site for a while and haven't found a specific answer about this particular problem:

I am typing up a paper and was asked to separate different sections with headings. I would like to use itemize to do so, but have had trouble with formatting. I want the text to align with the rest of the document, so I found I should use the enumitem package so that I can adjust leftmargin. Here is an example of what I have now:

\usepackage{lipsum, enumitem}



\item[I.] First Section



\item[II.] Second Section

\quad \quad \lipsum[3]



This is the exact format I want except I noticed that the paragraphs are no longer indented. I tried using \indent, but to no avail. For now, I am using \quad \quad, which is neither the same as an indent nor good markup, I'm sure.

Do any of you know a better way to approach this?

1 Answer 1


I'm providing an alternative view on your input that is more in line with the semantics of a document with sectional division:

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\usepackage{lipsum,sectsty,indentfirst}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{sectsty,indentfirst}

\renewcommand{\@seccntformat}[1]{\leavevmode\llap{\csname the#1\endcsname.\quad}}


\section{First Section}


\section{Second Section}



Here are some references to the elements changed inside the MWE preamble:

  • Thank you very much Werner! I don't know why I was trying to make it harder on myself than it had to be. I appreciate how complete your answer was - I will be following those links to learn more about that code you added to the preamble. It seems I have just started to scratch the surface!
    – Nico
    Oct 16, 2013 at 4:17

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