# How to create a list in two columns with symbols label

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\begin{document}

{\scriptsize\begin{itemize}
\item Item 1
\begin{itemize}
\item Item 1a
\item Item 1b
\end{itemize}
\item Item 2
\begin{itemize}
\item Item 2a
\item Item 2b
\end{itemize}
\end{itemize}}

\end{document}


I want to put Item 2 and its subitems in a new column to the right of Item 1:

However, I do not know how to achieve it.

I tried using tasks package but I am not able to:

1. Find the same indentation of the items with the margin or with their descriptions.
2. Move the second item and its subitems to a new column.
3. Find the same symbol of the middle bar that itemize has at its second depth level (\textendash is a bit shorter).

This is what I tried:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\begin{document}

\end{document}


Comparison:

Thanks!

Using multicol package :

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{multicol}

\begin{document}

\begin{multicols}{2}
\scriptsize
\begin{itemize}
\item Item 1
\begin{itemize}
\item Item 1a
\item Item 1b
\end{itemize}
\item Item 2
\begin{itemize}
\item Item 2a
\item Item 2b
\end{itemize}
\end{itemize}
\end{multicols}
\end{document}


• Wow I never used multicols. Very simple and precise, thanks!! – manooooh Dec 10 '18 at 6:02

Using minipage

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{outlines}
\begin{document}
{\scriptsize
\begin{minipage}{.5\linewidth}
\begin{outline}
\1 Item 1
\2 Item 1a
\2 Item 1b
\end{outline}
\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{.5\linewidth}
\begin{outline}
\1 Item 2
\2 Item 2a
\2 Item 2b
\end{outline}
\end{minipage}}
\end{document}

• This is a good answer, but I like flav's answer more because its solution is easier to understand (only for that I accept his solution). – manooooh Dec 10 '18 at 6:04
• @manooooh its okay. Here, minipage do the same work as multicolumn, and the outline package is preferable over multiple use of itemize. Also {\scriptsize} can be replaced by two \scriptsize as in flav's answer. – Litun Dec 10 '18 at 6:11