I'm trying to put numbering to the solutions of my assignment in the margin of my document like so:

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Ideally I'd like to enter the numbers "1.", "2.", ... etc. manually, i.e. not have them numbered automatically. How do I do this? I'm using a modified article class.

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    Jan 27, 2015 at 5:57
  • Thanks for the welcome @Mico. In this case my previous attempts had all been so off the mark that I didn't they would even be worth including but I'll remember that for the future. Jan 27, 2015 at 16:32

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It seems to me that you are just using a normal enumerate environment to do that.

So, to achieve what you want

  1. Load the package enumitem and add the optional argument [leftmargin=\labelsep] to your enumerate environment as in


    to have your label in the margin.

  2. Simply use the optional argument of \item to manually specify your number as in

    \item[3.] Let $(x_n)$ be a sequence such that $x_n>0$

MWE (don't load the showframe package in your document, I've used it just to show the margins)

\usepackage{showframe} % just to show the margins


  \item[3.] Let $(x_n)$ be a sequence such that $x_n>0$
    \item Suppose that $x_n$ is a convergent



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If you instead use [leftmargin=0pt] you will obtain

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while, with [leftmargin=*] the result is

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