What I'm trying to accomplish in LyX is best shown via the following simple example:

  1. I start using
  2. an Enumerate environment

    And I'm writing multiple blocks of text, even tables, etc., inside the enumerated item (this part is easy w/ Ctrl+Enter)

    • then I switch to Itemize
    • to list some things
    • I do this using Alt+Shift+Right
    • and then selecting "Itemize" environment

    Eventually I am done with Itemize, and I write some additional text (or tables, etc.), remaining on the same enumerated item as when I started Itemize

    (This bit right here is what I cannot seem to get LyX to do)

  3. Finally, I move on to another item. When I want to... not right after Itemize ends.

This is something that I can accomplish easily with HTML (or Markdown/CommonMark): just an unordered list inside an ordered list item.

I did find a workaround for this by inserting TeX code \begin{itemize} ... \end{itemize} while inside the Enumerate item.

But I do this often and it seems like this kind of thing would be a fully-supported in LyX that I'm somehow missing.

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    Are you after using Alt + Shift + Left to go one level up in the list structure, and then either Alt + P, E or clicking the numbered list-button on the toolbar to make it part of the enumerate? (I.e. exactly opposite of what you did to start the itemize.) Commented Jun 10, 2017 at 13:39
  • Yes, that is what I had been trying. However, going back into the enumerate environment creates a new item.
    – david
    Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 13:53

1 Answer 1


I'm not 100% sure what you're asking, but I have a general idea. This might be better as a comment, but I wanted to add some images so I've chucked this together as an answer.

My work flow using enumerate/itemize in LyX

  • Starting a new list: Alt + P E (press the Alt and P keys together, then press E) [1, 2, 3, ...]
  • Adding a new item: Enter / Return key
  • Start a sub list: Enter (start a new item) then either
    1. Tab to "indent" the list [a, b, c, ...]
    2. Alt + Shift + Right Arrow (achieves the same result, but less touch type friendly imho)
  • Return to the main list: Enter (start a new item) then either:
    1. Shift + Tab to "unindent" the list to get back to [2, 3, 4, ...]
    2. Alt + Shift + Left Arrow (same opinion, slows me down imho)
  • Indenting content without leaving enumerate either:

    1. Ctrl + Enter to use line breaks, \\ in source LaTeX, to manually break the list item into multiple lines. Works alright for basic content e.g. text as you've probably noticed.
    2. Multiple Enter or Alt + Enter to start a new line that is not enumerate (i.e. standard) then use Tab or Alt + Shift + Right Arrow to indent it "into" the enumerate environment required.

      To stay in this indent environment use Alt + Enter to start new lines. In LyX you can see this by the large red braces [ on the left hand side.

Example Enumerate in LyX

Note that I always work with code shown and the way to do it is View > Source Pane. I just find it helps especially if you've come from LaTeX.

If I could I would point you to some documentation for this but I learnt LaTeX before I learnt LyX and I've mainly learnt these shortcuts from trial and error. Best of luck.

  • Thanks, re-creating your sample document I was able to acheive the effect that I wanted. Not sure I really grok what the tab is doing... feels a bit like emacs tab indending. In any case, thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for. Perhaps I need to spend more time reading the manual/tutorial.
    – david
    Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 14:07

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