# How do I make a really long bullet point next not dissappear off the left of the page?

I'm trying to put text as my "bullet point" but it's far too long as extends beyond the left of the page. What can I do to stop it doing this?

\begin{itemize}

\item[\textsc{Contact Information}]

Telephone: Telephone \\

E-mail: Email

\item[\textsc{Education}]

Etc

\end{itemize}

• Are you looking for something like description or labeling(KOMA-script)? It isn't recommended at all to use long texts there. You could even be on the search for paragraph or minisec (KOMA-script). Can you show us a compilable real world example? Mar 2 '15 at 21:11
• I'm trying to do a CV, where the "bullet points" are fields such as Contact Information or Education. Mar 2 '15 at 21:18
• Would this help? Make the lines of a description item line up Mar 2 '15 at 21:31
• Also don't leave a blank line after \\  (Latex will be complaining about underfull hbox of badness 10000 (which is infinitely bad) Mar 2 '15 at 21:52

Borrowing from the page of Gonzalo at LaTeX Beamer: Define \itemsep globally, one can redefine indentation parameters like \leftmargin and \itemindent by patching the definition of \itemize.

EDIT: I also show another way with stacks.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{xpatch,lipsum}
\usepackage[usestackEOL]{stackengine}

\def\defaultitemindent{0pt}
\def\defaultleftmargin{\the\leftmargin}
\xpatchcmd{\itemize}
{\def\makelabel}
{\setlength{\itemindent}{\defaultitemindent}%
\setlength{\leftmargin}{\defaultleftmargin}%
\setlength{\topsep}{0pt}\def\makelabel}
{}
{}
\begin{document}
\parindent 0pt
DEFAULT:
\begin{itemize}
\item[Really Long Text] \lipsum[4]
\item[Short] text
\end{itemize}

STACK:
\begin{itemize}
\item[\smash{\Longunderstack[l]{Really\\ Long\\ Text}}] \lipsum[4]
\item[Short] text
\end{itemize}

CHANGE ITEMINDENT
\def\defaultitemindent{15ex}
\begin{itemize}
\item[Really Long Text] \lipsum[4]
\item[Short] text
\end{itemize}

CHANGE LEFTMARGIN
\def\defaultleftmargin{20ex}
\def\defaultitemindent{0ex}
\begin{itemize}
\item[Really Long Text] \lipsum[4]
\item[Short] text
\end{itemize}

\lipsum[4]
\end{document}


You can use align=left option with the enumitem package, or thedescription environment:

## Code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage{showframe}

\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
\item[Really Long Label] Text
\end{itemize}

\medskip
\begin{itemize}[align=left]
\item[Really Long Label] Using \verb|align=left| option
\end{itemize}

\medskip
\begin{description}
\item[Really Long Label] Using \verb|description|
\end{description}
\end{document}

• But how can I align multiple fields (see original post)? Mar 2 '15 at 21:26
• @RyanNg: It is not clear from your updated post how you want things aligned. Can you also post an image of the desired output. Also, perhaps you should consider using tabular. Mar 2 '15 at 21:42