# Change the color of a counter number

I have created a special environment (called 'psalm') that splits the text into verses, formats them, and enumerates them. I would like to also make the numbers of the verses appear in \textcolor{BrickRed} with the rest of the text remaining black. How would you change either the counter's code or the environment's code to make this happen? Below is my MWE:

\documentclass[12pt]{book}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[dvipsnames]{xcolor}
\newcounter{qcounter}

\newenvironment{psalm}{ %   %%%% Begin environment code
\begin{list}{\arabic{qcounter}}{ %
\usecounter{qcounter}
\setlength{\topsep}{0pt}%
\setlength{\leftmargin}{0.2in}%
\setlength{\listparindent}{-0.1in}%
\setlength{\itemindent}{-0.1in}%
}
}{
\end{list}
} %%%%% End wrapup environment code

\begin{document}

\begin{psalm}
\item Glory be to the Father, and tó the Són, *\\ and to the Hóly Ghóst;
\item As it was in the beginning, † is now, and éver sháll be, *\\ world wíthout énd.
Amen.
\end{psalm}\end{document}

• Are the psalm numbers supposed to be about half-way outside of the left-hand margin of the text block, or is that an unintended aspect of your code? Please advise.
– Mico
May 18, 2018 at 16:45
• I think he used \setlength{\leftmargin}{0.2in}% to correct it. Though 0.275in looks better to me.
– AML
May 18, 2018 at 16:55
• You could call it unintended, but really I just put numbers in one place rather than another (by which I mean in the end product, which has a lot more code than you're seeing, the verse numbers are in the right place). May 18, 2018 at 16:56
• Yeah that's correct. May 18, 2018 at 16:57

Switch to an enumerate environment and set your requirement. See this answer and this answer as references. And add leftmargin=* to make it align with the left margin.

\documentclass[12pt]{book}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage[dvipsnames]{xcolor}
%\usepackage[showframe]{geometry}

\newenvironment{psalm}{ %   %%%% Begin environment code
\begin{enumerate}[leftmargin=*, label=\textcolor{BrickRed}{\arabic*}]}
{\end{enumerate}} %%%%% End wrapup environment code

\begin{document}

\begin{psalm}
\item Glory be to the Father, and tó the Són, *\\ and to the Hóly Ghóst;
\item As it was in the beginning, † is now, and éver sháll be, *\\ world wíthout énd.
Amen.
\end{psalm}
\end{document}


Here's a solution which sets up a custom enumerate-like environment that uses the machinery of the enumitem package. The list occupies the full width of the textblock, and the item numbers do not protrude into the left-hand margin.

\documentclass[12pt]{book}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[dvipsnames]{xcolor}

\usepackage{enumitem}
\newlist{psalm}{enumerate}{1}
\setlist[psalm]{label=\color{BrickRed}\arabic*,
ref=\arabic*, % for cross-referencing
wide=0pt, leftmargin=*,
%nosep, % optional: no extra vert. space between psalms
}

\begin{document}

\begin{psalm}
\item Glory be to the Father, and tó the Són, *\\ and to the Hóly Ghóst;
\item As it was in the beginning, † is now, and éver sháll be, *\\ world wíthout énd. Amen.
\end{psalm}
\end{document}

• This is a good way of bypassing the margin numbers though I'll have to change the page's geometry to make it fit properly; the boldface for numbers, however, is unnecessary. May 18, 2018 at 17:13
• @Richard - Ok, I'll remove the \bfseries instruction.
– Mico
May 18, 2018 at 17:15