# I want to change the distance between my label and the text in enumerate

I want to change the distance between the label and the text. This has to be in all the enumerate environments in my document.

Now I make something like this

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\begin{document}

\item blabla
\item blabla
\end{enumerate}

\end{document}


Is their a way to define this for the whole document?

Edit:

This must only be the case with enumerate. Not with itemize. AND the numbering must be (1), (2), ... in the whole document in the enumerate environment.

• Have a look at the enumitem package, probably the standard method for dealing with lists these days, and the syntax you show in this MWE is not supported by book Jan 4, 2019 at 13:07

You can use the \setlist macro from the enumitem package:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{enumitem}
\setlist[enumerate]{label=(\arabic*), labelsep=1em}

\begin{document}

\begin{enumerate}
\item Lorem
\item Ipsum
\item Dolor
\end{enumerate}

\end{document}


EDIT: You can also customize the format of the links to the items:

 \setlist[enumerate]{label=(\arabic*), ref=\arabic*, labelsep=1em}


As suggested by @daleif, you can use the enumitem package to set the label separation. The following example will give you an idea.

\documentclass{article}
%
\usepackage{enumitem}
\setlength{\labelsep}{2em}

\begin{document}

%
\begin{minipage}[t]{.5\textwidth}
\vspace{0pt}
%
\begin{itemize}
\item blah
\item blah
\item blah
\item blah
\end{itemize}
%

%
\begin{enumerate}
\item blah
\item blah
\item blah
\item blah
\end{enumerate}
%

\end{minipage}
%
\begin{minipage}[t]{.5\textwidth}
\vspace{0pt}
\setlength{\labelsep}{.5em}
%
\begin{enumerate}
\item more blah
\item more blah
\item more blah
\item more blah
\end{enumerate}
%
%
\begin{itemize}
\item more blah
\item more blah
\item more blah
\item more blah
\end{itemize}
%

\end{minipage}
%
\end{document}


• you are not even using enumitem's interface in this example. Use \setlist instead of messing with \setlength Jan 4, 2019 at 13:21
• thanks. But I only want this in the enumerate. Not in the itemize environment ... Jan 4, 2019 at 13:26
• @ArneTimperman read the enumitem manual, hint \setlist[enumerate]{....} Jan 4, 2019 at 13:38
• @ArneTimperman, better use the \setlist command as suggested, and ignore my reply.
– mas
Jan 4, 2019 at 13:49
• The external minipage environment looks weird, and it does not address the request for (1) enumeration at all
– user31729
Jan 4, 2019 at 15:04