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Vertical space in lists

Enumerated items seem distant from each other by default settings in the enumerate environment. How can I change that globally (I've seen other solutions, but needed to know which is the best practise), and more importantly for one single instance of an enumerate or itemize environment?


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The enumitem package provides just the kind of commands that can help.

You can use


to change enumerate globally, and something like


to change locally. A complete MWE follows.




    \item one
    \item two

    \item one
    \item two
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    Nice answer. for whatever reason I found \begin{enumerate}[nosep] gave me less space than \begin{enumerate}[itemsep=0mm].
    – PatrickT
    Jul 8, 2018 at 17:08
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    You can also use negative values. \begin{enumerate}[itemsep=-2mm] worked for me.
    – Veera
    Jul 14, 2020 at 8:28

Use the compactenum environment from the paralist package:


Redefine the enumerate, itemize and description environments if you want this as standard behavior:


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