I'm required to produce a document containing a list of items in a very specific format. To do this, I need to use the enumitem package, but I need to specify some level of indentation AFTER the item is initialized in the enumerate environment. Is there any way to add additional indentation after specifying an item? I was thinking something like changing a variable defining default indentation.

\begin{enumerate}[labelindent=3em, leftmargin=12pt]
\item \setlength{\leftmargin}{30pt}TEST OF REFERENCE TEXT AND STUFF WHICH IS MULTI-LINE IN NATURE \setlength{\leftmargin}{12pt}

I end up getting something very different from what I need.

I need something that has the number on the left, but the text taken at a space:


1._____Text starts here and indentation remains on next line

2._____Second item in list

with a specified spacing before the text starts and the number always aligned with the left margin. Note that I can't just insert a \hspace since the text will be multi-line in nature and would have to be applied to both lines.


You can use this:

\usepackage[showframe, nomarginpar]{geometry}

Some text some more text some more text some more text some more text some more text some more text some more text some more text.
\begin{enumerate}[align = left,labelwidth =* ,labelsep*=-1pt,itemindent = 0pt, leftmargin=\dimexpr\labelwidth + \labelsep\relax, ]
\item Text starts here and indentation remains on next line. Text starts here and indentation remains on next line.
\item Second item in list


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  • That's exactly what I needed. Although I modify the leftmargin argument to suit the specific requirement (I have a set length to conform to). Thanks – Arlington Dec 3 '14 at 0:39
  • Do you mean the label indent? I supposed you wanted the distance between end of label and beginning of text to be 12pt? Are there other requirements? – Bernard Dec 3 '14 at 0:46
  • Essentially I wanted the number to be aligned with the preceding paragraphs and a defined distance for where the text started. That was the main requirement. – Arlington Dec 3 '14 at 12:54
  • Is my updated answer what you want? – Bernard Dec 3 '14 at 13:27
  • not quite... the numbers would be aligned with the start of "more" on the second line of "some more text" – Arlington Dec 3 '14 at 14:05

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