# Vertical Space in lists - different spaces before and after list

Here at Stackexchange there are some questions related to vertical space in lists. For example: \topsep, \itemsep, \partopsep and \parsep - what does each of them mean (and what about the bottom)? How to remove the whitespace BEFORE itemize/enumerate?

My question just goes a little bit further:

I'd like to modify the whitespace BEFORE the list WITHOUT modifying the space AFTER the list. If i just change the parameter \topsep, both whitespaces will change. Ideally i want to change the parameters globally.

The only solution i found, is to include a negative vertical space before each list.

• Welcome to TeX.SE. See documentation for the enumitem package. There is on page 3 sketch with all "spaces" -- measures of lists. Documentation is part of enumitem installation or you can find on CTAN or by help of Google. – Zarko Sep 8 '19 at 10:52

Her is a simple solution with enumitem:

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage{enumitem}

\begin{document}

Some text. Some text.Some text. Some text. Some text. Some text.Some text. Some text. Some text. Some text.Some text. Some text. Some text. Some text.Some text. Some text.
\begin{enumerate}
\item First item \the\topsep
\item Second item
\item Third item
\end{enumerate}
Some more text. Some more text. Some more text. Some more text. Some more text. Some more text. Some more text. Some more text.

\end{document}


• thanks a lot! I didn't realize, that this could be done with "before" and "after" – MrTimo Sep 8 '19 at 11:36
• Only using enumitem. You can do it without enumitem, but it wll take more lines. – John Kormylo Sep 8 '19 at 14:47