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I want to use the itemize environment exactly as it works by default, but hide the bullets that would otherwise appear.

Is there an easy way to do this?

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You can do this in several ways: for example, by using an empty optional argument for \item (as Jake suggested), or by using the enumitem package to use an empty label, or by redefining \labelitemi; these approaches are illustrated in the following example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}

\begin{document}

\begin{itemize}
  \item[] First.
  \item[] Second.
\end{itemize}

\begin{itemize}[label={}]
  \item First.
  \item Second.
\end{itemize}

{\renewcommand\labelitemi{}
\begin{itemize}
  \item First.
  \item Second.
\end{itemize}
}

\end{document}

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    \begin{itemize}[label={}] doesn't work; \begin{itemize}[\label{}] does!
    – PLG
    Feb 11, 2014 at 10:27
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    @PLG Sure? \begin{itemize}[\label{}] will trigger an error; on the other hand, label={} as an option to the environment (having loaded enumitem), suppresses the label, as required. Feb 11, 2014 at 12:18
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    Using the MacTex environment, [label={}] produces label= as bullet symbol. Both [\label{}] and [\label={}] seem to produce the empty bullet symbol.
    – PLG
    Feb 12, 2014 at 16:21
  • @PLG Can you please upload elsewhere (and provide a link in your next reply) a simple document producing the result you mention? Feb 12, 2014 at 17:10
  • Using the mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/biblatex-contrib/… template and \begin{itemize}[label={}] \item First. \item Second. \end{itemize} Results in an error. Using ftp.springer.de/pub/tex/latex/llncs/latex2e/llncs2e.zip results in the label= that I described above. Perhaps it is the class files, but then it would be good to have some clarification of what is going on. Thanks in advance for your effort! =)
    – PLG
    Feb 14, 2014 at 11:17
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Why do you want to use the itemize environment, if you don't want the bullets? You could simply use the description environment which seems to be exactly what you need. No hacking required.

\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}
    \begin{description}
        \item Foo
        \item Bar
    \end{description}
\end{document}
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    The description environment introduces significantly more whitespace in front of each item though
    – zakkak
    Feb 15, 2018 at 8:28
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    @zakkak Agreed. This needs as much customisation as just customising the itemize environment.
    – LondonRob
    Feb 23, 2018 at 13:01
  • This is imho the best answer, because if you don't have bullet points its not an enumeration but actually a description, imho. Nov 13, 2018 at 3:00
  • With the enumitem package you can customize this solution for any whitespace to be exactly as you wish.
    – caw
    Jul 17, 2019 at 16:20
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The following also works. The {} specifies that nothing should be placed before the items. Use \indent as needed.

\usepackage{enumerate}

\begin{document}

    \begin{enumerate}[\indent {}]
        \item ABC
        \item ABC
        \item ABC
    \end{enumerate}

\end{document}
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    This doesn't appear to work. Does it require a particular package?
    – jvriesem
    Dec 14, 2018 at 18:14
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Just use \null

\begin{itemize}[\null]
    \item First
    \item Second
\end{itemize}
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    Are you using any packages that provides this interface? Also, why use \null when you can use \relax or {} or ... ?
    – Werner
    Oct 5, 2016 at 0:15
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    Welcome to TeX.SX! I also recommend a minimal working example (MWE) for answers. Then it is easier to reproduce the result and the MWE shows the needed package(s). Oct 5, 2016 at 0:31
  • You need to \usepackage{enumitem} as mentioned in the previous answer. Apr 25, 2017 at 14:09
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For those looking for an alternative solution: basically, you can pass anything in square brackets \begin{itemize}[...]

\begin{itemize}[x]
    \item First
    \item Second
\end{itemize}
\begin{itemize}[  y]
    \item First
    \item Second
\end{itemize}
\begin{itemize}[\qquad z]
    \item First
    \item Second
\end{itemize}

\hspace{10pt}, \quad, etc. commands can be used to add indentation.

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