Is it possible to set the leftmargin length when using the enumerate package? I'd like to limit the effect of leftmargin to a single environment invokation only and not set it globally.

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    I recommend the package enumitem. It is more flexible. Or do you stand on enumerate? Sep 11 '11 at 12:23
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    @Marco: Nope, I can switch packages if necessary. Could you give your comment as an answer instead so I can vote it up and accept as answer?
    – gablin
    Sep 11 '11 at 12:25
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    Can someone provide a work around with enumerate package? I want to do the same thing and I am stuck with this package.
    – Abbas
    Feb 1 '13 at 20:32

I recommend the package enumitem. Here you can set leftmargin local.


\item foo
\item bar

\item foo
\item bar

\item foo
\item bar
  • \asbuk doesn't work in enumitem, for some reason... Have to use enumerate
    – zarkone
    Jun 15 '16 at 16:38
  • add [leftmargin=1cm] follow \begin{enumerate} does NOT work for me, but add [\hspace{1pt}(1)] works.
    – Brad
    Aug 21 '19 at 11:57

If you must use enumerate, you can start the optional argument of the enumerated list with an \hspace to push the whole list farther to the right:




Some text before the list.
\item Some text.
\item Some text that goes onto two lines, so you can see where the second line will be aligned.
\item An equation:
Some text after the list.


I don't know of a better way to do this with enumerate.

  • This is the better solution when one works with beamer, because the enumitem package is not suitable with it, see tex.stackexchange.com/a/52299/65333 . Thank you for your answer.
    – Veliko
    Oct 22 '16 at 19:35
  • thank you! I was desperatly searching for a way to do it without using enumitem! Mar 2 at 12:30

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