# How to define the indentation for the second line of a multiline item with custom label?

I have a multicolumn list and I am a little limited in vertical space, for that reason I used the property leftmargin=* of itemize to get rid of some of the white space between the custom label and the actual text. But for some reason after a line break the indentation is wrong (see the first column). If I leave out leftmargin, then the indentation is right, but the space between label and text is too big. I tried to set everything manually how described in the documentation, but it never applies to the second line.

I try to avoid forced line breaks and the use of empty items item[]. How to solve this problem? Less space but correct indentation?

my minimal example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}

\begin{document}

\noindent texttexttexttext...
\hfill \\

\noindent\begin{minipage}[t]{0.45\textwidth}
\begin{itemize}[align=left,leftmargin=*,labelsep=1ex]
\raggedright
\item[\textbf{foo}] thisisaverylongtext, which doesn't fit on one line
\item[\textbf{foo}] two
\item[\textbf{foo}] three
\item[\textbf{foo}] four
\end{itemize}
\end{minipage}
\kern.1\textwidth
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.45\textwidth}
\begin{itemize}[align=left,labelsep=1ex]
\raggedright
\item[\textbf{foo}] thisisaverylongtext, which doesn't fit on one line
\item[\textbf{foo}] two.one \\ two.two
\item[\textbf{foo}] three
\item[\textbf{foo}] four
\end{itemize}
\end{minipage}

\end{document}


I guess this is what you want:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage{showframe} % just for the example

\begin{document}

\noindent\begin{minipage}[t]{0.45\textwidth}
\begin{itemize}[
align=left,
leftmargin=2em,
itemindent=0pt,
labelsep=0pt,
labelwidth=2em
]
\raggedright
\item[\textbf{foo}] thisisaverylongtext, which doesn't fit on one line
\item[\textbf{foo}] two.one \\ two.two
\item[\textbf{foo}] three
\item[\textbf{foo}] four
\end{itemize}
\end{minipage}\hfill
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.45\textwidth}
\begin{itemize}[align=left,labelsep=1ex]
\raggedright
\item[\textbf{foo}] thisisaverylongtext, which doesn't fit on one line
\item[\textbf{foo}] two.one \\ two.two
\item[\textbf{foo}] three
\item[\textbf{foo}] four
\end{itemize}
\end{minipage}

\end{document}


Use whatever length you think fit instead of 2em.

• Thanks for the fast help. leftmargin and labelwidth need to have the same width, I never considered that before, which was the problem I guess. – thewaywewalk Oct 1 '14 at 12:38
• If it's always the same label, one could simplify the code with the optional argument label=\textbf{foo}. – Bernard Oct 1 '14 at 12:40
• @Bernard its a pro and contra list with plus and minus signs, so they all have the same width but are not equal. But thanks for the suggestion. – thewaywewalk Oct 1 '14 at 12:46