# How do I start a list on the second level?

I am using the enumerate environment, and I want to have my lists start on 1.1. instead of 1., and 2.1. instead of 2. How can I hide the first level?

• Typically the first number denotes the first level; the second number denotes the second level; and so on. So you want to reverse this. In your example, what does the 1 in 2.1 represent? Chapter number? Section number? Or just some fixed value? – Werner Mar 3 '16 at 15:32
• I want to answer the questions in a tutorial. There are two questions with a number of sub-questions each. I want the first thing that appears after the title to just be "1.1." instead of "1." So, I still want the "1." to be there in the code, I just want to hide it. – ahorn Mar 3 '16 at 15:42
• \savebox can be used to hide things and (globally) increment counters. – John Kormylo Mar 3 '16 at 15:44
• @John How do I use savebox? By putting \savebox\item when I want to hide that point? – ahorn Mar 3 '16 at 16:06
• \newsavebox{\myname} in the preamble and \savebox{\myname}{...}. I would leave the \begin{enumerate} outside and only put individual \items inside. (BTW, I haven't actually tested this on \items.) – John Kormylo Mar 3 '16 at 16:15

You can either add the numbering locally by using the optional argument to \item[..], or use a global change using enumitem's label=<key>.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{enumitem}

\begin{document}

\begin{enumerate}[label={\arabic*.1.}]
\item First
\item Second
\item Third

% Done with the 1. suffix; revert back to regular enumerate labelling
\renewcommand{\labelenumi}{\arabic{enumi}.}
\item Last
\end{enumerate}

\begin{enumerate}
\item[1.1.] First

\stepcounter{enumi}
\item Second

\item[2.2.] Third

\item Last
\end{enumerate}

\end{document}


\item-level changes are also possible, like in the first example above, where the labelling mechanism can be changed mid-enumerate to drop (say) the 1. suffix.

Note that using the optional argument to \item doesn't step the level counter enumi.

This uses a mix with manipulation the enumeration depth counter and enumitem and sets the higher level counter enumi accordingly.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\usepackage{enumitem}

\begin{document}

\makeatletter
\AtEndEnvironment{enumerate}{%
\global\@enumdepth 0
}

\newcommand{\incenumdepth}[1][1]{%
\setcounter{enum\@roman{\@enumdepth}}{#1}%
}
\makeatother

\incenumdepth[1]
\begin{enumerate}[label*={\arabic*.}]
\item One
\item Two
\item Three
\item Four
\item Five
\end{enumerate}

\incenumdepth[3]
\begin{enumerate}[label*={\arabic*.}]
\item One \makeatletter \the\@enumdepth\makeatother
\item Two
\item Three
\item Four
\item Five
\end{enumerate}

\end{document}