Is there a simple way to produce a 2-column enumerated list like this:

a. A short bit of text          d. And so on
b. Another short bit            e. Down to ...
c. Yet another                  f. The end

I've looked at the multicol, tasks, shortlist, and paracol packages, but they all have issues that make them less than ideal for my purpose. Does anyone know of a way to do this that would make it easy for me to use? I'm in the process of writing a text so I'll be using a fair number of these. In an ideal world, the solution should involve little more work than the standard enumerate environment.

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    try \begin{multicols}{2} \begin{enumerate} \item ... \end{enumerate} \end{multicols}
    – touhami
    Oct 7, 2015 at 17:42
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    Shorlst is rather easy to use. What's not working with it? It has the advantage, as tasks, to number items horizontally, which makes the list easier to read.
    – Bernard
    Oct 7, 2015 at 19:58

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Down-To multicolumn enumerate lists are easy -- horizontal ones require the task package.

I've used the multicol package and \begin{multicols}{2}...\end{multicols} for this (two columns)

In order to change the enumeration labels, it's quite easy to use enumitem (or enumerate, with another syntax, however)




\item This 
\item starts
\item here
\item and 
\item goes
\item down
\item and so on

If there is an odd number of \item it's possible to fool enumerate by using \item[] to get an empty item entry and keep the alignment.

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  • Down to lists are easy when you have an even number of (rather similar) items. Add an item \item and up to see the problem. Oct 7, 2015 at 17:53
  • @UlrikeFischer: True... unfortunately...
    – user31729
    Oct 7, 2015 at 17:57

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