I would like to know if there is a way to get an enumerate list in LaTeX such that if I write a total of N items, then I get

N. Item numeber N 
N - 1. Item number N - 1
1. Item number 1

So if N = 3,

3. Third item 
2. Second item
1. First item
  • did the answer meet your requirement – js bibra Jul 13 at 5:38

From Is there a way to get reverse numbering on the enumerate environment?

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  \item A  % 1
  \item B  % 2
  \item C  % 3

  \item A  % 9
  \item B  % 8
  \item C  % 7



The etaremune package provides an etaremune environment that does just this.

  \item Last things first
  \item \ldots
  \item First things last

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  • Is there someway to avoid the indication of the total of items (9 in your answer, N in the OP's notation)? – Vicky Jul 13 at 1:33
  • please see edit – js bibra Jul 13 at 3:43
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    You may want to simplify the answer to mention just the etarenum approach. – Mico Jul 13 at 7:10
  • The problem encountered with etaremune is that not seem to be able to change margins and indentation for the list, as with the enumerate package--that is why a secondary choice – js bibra Jul 13 at 7:14
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    @jsbibra - You should mention this shortcoming explicitly, lest the OP has a need for chaging margins, indentation amounts, etc. Of course, the OP may have no such need, in which case etaremun is all he/she needs. – Mico Jul 13 at 7:21

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