# Minipage inside itemize, bullet point position

Sometimes I wish to include a small diagram next to the text which I could achieve by using two mini-page, one for the text, one for the diagram. However when I use it inside itemize, the bullet point gone to the wrong place (see diagram). How can I make it so that the bullet point is in the right place (ie. next to "An")

In response to Ulrike Fischer's answer, for example the code

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
\item blbl

\item \begin{minipage}{4cm} some text\\some text\\some text\end{minipage}

\item \begin{minipage}[t]{4cm} some text\\some text\\some text\\some text\\some text\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}[t]{4cm}
\begin{center}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw [->] (-1,-1) -- (1,-1) -- (1, 1) -- (-1, 1) -- (-1,-1);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{center}
\end{minipage}

\item \begin{minipage}[t]{4cm} some text\\some text\\some text\\some text\\some text\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{4cm}
\begin{center}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw [->] (-1,-1) -- (1,-1) -- (1, 1) -- (-1, 1) -- (-1,-1);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{center}
\end{minipage}

\end{itemize}
\end{document}

gives

so the tikz diagram is not next to the text.

Use the [t] option to align your minipage at the first line:

\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
\item blbl

\item \begin{minipage}{4cm} some text\\some text\\some text\end{minipage}

\item \begin{minipage}[t]{4cm} some text\\some text\\some text\end{minipage}

\end{itemize}
\end{document}

## Edit

You can align the following minipage with the tikzpicture e.g. with a \vspace or by using the baseline key of tikzpicture:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
\item blbl

\item \begin{minipage}{4cm} some text\\some text\\some text\end{minipage}

\item \begin{minipage}[t]{4cm} some text\\some text\\some text\\some text\\some text\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}[t]{4cm}
\centering
\begin{tikzpicture}[baseline={(1,1)}] %or some other coordinate
\draw [->] (-1,-1) -- (1,-1) -- (1, 1) -- (-1, 1) -- (-1,-1);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{minipage}

\item \begin{minipage}[t]{4cm} some text\\some text\\some text\\some text\\some text\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}[t]{4cm}
\centering
\vspace{-\ht\strutbox} %or some other value.
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw [->] (-1,-1) -- (1,-1) -- (1, 1) -- (-1, 1) -- (-1,-1);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{minipage}

\end{itemize}
\end{document}

• I tried this but then the other mini-page containing the diagram went to the wrong place (i.e. not on the same level as the mini-page containing the text) How could I fixed it? Thanks! – Equivalent Triangle Apr 25 '16 at 12:18
• Depends on the content of the other minipage. Where is its baseline? – Ulrike Fischer Apr 25 '16 at 12:22
• Sorry I am new to Latex, not sure what baseline exactly is. The other mini-page usually contains a tikz diagram and the diagram are meant to be next to the text. – Equivalent Triangle Apr 25 '16 at 12:31
• BTW, itemize sets the left margin using \leftskip, in which case \linewidth=\textwidth-\leftskip represents the remaining space. – John Kormylo Apr 25 '16 at 13:15
• Extend my code with an small example diagram and include this in your question. – Ulrike Fischer Apr 25 '16 at 13:17