When trying to use itemize, I was hoping it would give me the natural indent to the right and indent everything that I write within it. Instead its doing the opposite and indenting to the left. This has never happened to me before. Anyone know what's going on?


\texit{Case 1} Stuff to write:
    \item[\textit{Case 1.1}] Stuff about stuff
  • We would need to see more of the document. Add at least the documentclass you are using and make the code example compilable. Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 6:10
  • @gorzardfu Can you try to explain more, possibly with a visual illustration?
    – L. F.
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 6:21
  • Have you tried using the paralist (or enumitem) package ? They offer more flexible itemize lists.
    – Partha D.
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 6:44
  • Thanks everyone for willing to help, but @Werner answered my problem below. Commented Feb 8, 2019 at 6:06

1 Answer 1


The default alignment for \items inside an enumerate an itemize is right. That means longer-than-usual \items tend to be pushed into the left margin. Since you're using a fixed (unenumerated) label, you might as well use a description environment which naturally left-aligned its \items with the left margin:

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\usepackage{lipsum,showframe}% For this example


\textit{Case 1} This is an \verb|itemize| environment:
  \item[Case 1.1] \lipsum[1]

\textit{Case 1} This is a \verb|description| environment:
  \item[Case 1.1] \lipsum[1]


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