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I'm using quad inside itemize. In detail,

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
\item Item 1a\\Item 1b
\item Item 2\\\quad Subitem 2a\\\quad Subitem 2b
\item Item 3
\end{itemize}
\end{document}

The quads in front of Subitems 2a and 2b don't work. Can I activate the quads by force? Thanks.

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    As your item text suggests you want to have sub-items inside your items, why not just nesting several itemize or enumerate environments? Also have a look at the enumitem package which makes customizing indentation and item labels easier. – siracusa Sep 28 at 3:46
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\quad is equivalent to \hspace{1em}. However, \hspaces at the start of a line is gobbled. If you want to force it, you need to use \hspace*{1em}. Below I define \Quad to be exactly that.

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\documentclass{article}

\newcommand{\Quad}{\hspace*{1em}}

\begin{document}

\begin{itemize}
  \item Item 1a \\ Item 1b
  \item Item 2 \\ \quad Subitem 2a \\ \quad Subitem 2b
  \item Item 3
\end{itemize}

\hrulefill

\begin{itemize}
  \item Item 1a \\ Item 1b
  \item Item 2 \\ \Quad Subitem 2a \\ \Quad Subitem 2b
  \item Item 3
\end{itemize}

\end{document}

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