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Using the tasks environment from the tasks package, is it possible to make lists where \itemindent = \labelwidth + \labelsep? The objective is to have lines in "Item 1" beyond the first line have their left boundary line up with the left boundary of the "Label".

[All my experiments with tasks have only managed to make something where the "Label" is completely to the left of the entire "Item 1". In other words, I believe, where \itemindent = 0. ]

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  • You mean like this?
    – alwaysask
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 15:52
  • @alwaysask Yes, that's right. Was that made with tasks? Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 16:27
  • Yes, but I'm not too happy with the code. I'll post it though till someone more knowledgeable than me comes with a nicer solution.
    – alwaysask
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 16:32
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    The next version (0.12) will support this natively. I'll add an answer once the new version reaches TeX Live.
    – cgnieder
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 19:48

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Starting from version 0.12 when label-width+label-offset>item-indent the labels no longer stick into the margin but into text block of the item. This means you now only need a setup like this:


\usepackage{tasks}[2016/08/13]% v0.12 or newer

  label-width = 1em ,
  label-offset = .5em ,
  item-indent = 0em ,
  column-sep = 2em


Some text:
  \task \lipsum*[66]
  \task \lipsum*[75] 
Some text.


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  • Thanks for adding this feature. I just now was able to come back to this, upgrade my TeX distribution, update tasks, and try this out. It works great for my needs, so thank you again. Do you have a suggestion for how I would nicely indent the entire tasks environment some? If there is a way to do it with tasks itself, I would use that way. Otherwise I can wrap the tasks environment in something else to achieve that indentation. In the past I achieved this artificially by making \labelwidth be wide and using label-align=right. That hack won't work with this new feature you added. Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 19:08
  • Something like this? \settasks{ label-width = 3em , label-offset = .5em , item-indent = 2em , column-sep = 0em }
    – cgnieder
    Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 10:33
  • Perfect. I didn't realize item-indent would work that way with the new feature. Thank you! Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 16:48

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