# New line inside itemize causes excessive spacing

I'm trying to do this:

text
\begin{itemize}
\item title
\\
text
\item title
\\
text
\end{itemize}
text


Unfortunately, when I add a double \ after the first bullet point title, lots of blank lines get created before and after the itemize. And if I don't, the text just appears right after the bullet point title; I wanted a new line.

How do I fix this?

Thanks

Edit: Tried creating a document with just this:

\documentclass[11pt]{amsart}

\begin{document}
text
\begin{itemize}
\item title
\\
text
\item title
\\
text.
\end{itemize}
text
\end{document}


Problem didn't appear. But it does in my real document. Not much different there except there's far more actual text. Weird..

• Welcome to TeX.SX! Could you please paste your exact code, preferably in form of a small, compilable document, and use the {} button (or Ctrl+K, or indent each line by 4 spaces) to display your code verbatim? It's difficult to help if only a modified version of your code is available. – siracusa Aug 28 at 3:45
• Distance between itemize and text above and below list are not changed. However, space between items, which are terminated by \\  is increased for blank line which is inserted by \\ , Why you like to terminated items on such (very wrong) way? – Zarko Aug 28 at 4:00
• Try replacing the double-backslash cases with all-blank lines. – Mico Aug 28 at 4:02
• Mico's solution creates a new line and indents further. Didn't intend the further indents, but... Good enough, thanks. – J.D. Aug 28 at 4:05
• You need to add more information about your “real document”. Are you using setspace or similar? – egreg Aug 28 at 6:18

• it is not clear, what is your problem.
• terminating items with \\ is bad idea. It causes your problems, so * newer ever* use it in list!

• if you use standard article document class, like

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\lipsum[11]
\begin{itemize}
\item title of bullet point
some text, but keep the indent
\item title of bullet point
some text, but keep the indent
\end{itemize}
\lipsum[12]
\end{document}


then you obtain the following result:

• however, amsart document class suppress default vertical spaces in lists:
\documentclass[11pt]{amsart}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\lipsum[11]
\begin{itemize}
\item title of bullet point
some text, but keep the indent
\item title of bullet point
some text, but keep the indent
\end{itemize}
\lipsum[12]
\end{document}


so you obtain tight list format:

• if you like to increase vertical spaces between list and text above/below it and between list items, then you can help yourself with use of enumitem package. For example:
\documentclass[11pt]{amsart}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\lipsum[11]
\begin{itemize}
\item title of bullet point
some text, but keep the indent
\item title of bullet point
some text, but keep the indent
\end{itemize}
\lipsum[12]
\end{document}


which gives:

• more about enumitem package you can find in the package documentation. It is part of your LaTeX installation or you can find on CTAN (just google for enumitem.sty)
• Nice explanation, really helpful definitions... – MadyYuvi Aug 28 at 6:30