# Changing the default numbering scheme in enumerate environment

Together with a colleague I'm writing a book (with the Springer template), and I am currently homogenizing the layout. I'd like to change the default numbering scheme in the enumerate environment globally in the beginning of the document so that I don't have to tack on the modifier at the end of every “\begin{enumerate}[(1)]” — and change it once my co-author decides he prefers (i), (ii), etc. or some other way to number lists. Is there any way to do this?

• Try enumitem package and \setlist[enumerate,1]{label={(\alpha*)}} in the preamble. You can change later on to label=(\roman*). This will set the first level only – user31729 Jun 7 '16 at 9:29

Use enumitem for example and set the list parameters.

\setlist[enumerate,1]{label={(\arabic*)}}


will use (1) for the first level, \roman* will change to (i) etc.

If you need the enumerate package style, then use \usepackage[shortlabels]{enumitem} however.

The settings are persistent after a \setlist has been used.

Please note, that the 2nd and deeper levels are not changed automatically!.

\documentclass{svmono}

\usepackage{enumitem}

\setlist[enumerate]{font={\bfseries}}% global settings, for all lists
\setlist[enumerate,1]{label={(\arabic*)}}

\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item Foo
\item Bar
\item Is
\item Absolutely necessary
\end{enumerate}

\begin{enumerate}
\item And
\item Now
\item For
\item Something
\item Completely
\item Different
\end{enumerate}

\setlist[enumerate,1]{label={(\roman*)}}

\begin{enumerate}
\item Foo
\item Bar
\item Is
\item Absolutely necessary
\end{enumerate}

\begin{enumerate}
\item And
\item Now
\item For
\item Something
\item Completely
\item Different
\end{enumerate}

\end{document}


• Thanks a lot, that worked … although I will need to change the code when I override the enumeration scheme (which is not a problem). – Max Lein Jun 8 '16 at 9:00
• @MaxLein: well, you can define your own lists with \newlist, that can have their specific scheme. – user31729 Jun 8 '16 at 11:48