I am using itemize and then \item[option] inside it. I thought ‘option’ would end up being in boldface, but it doesn't. I'm using LaTeX. Is there a way to easily modify that without having to write \textbf for each of the options? This is what I want to achieve:


using this:


But if I use the second solution, I don't get the same thing as the first one, although I thought an item option would appear in bold without having to type textbf

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    Would you please make an example of what you're trying to achieve? – egreg Jun 10 '12 at 11:08
  • for future reference, have a look at the enumitem package – cmhughes Jun 10 '12 at 17:36

Use a description environment instead of itemize:

  \item[foo] text
  \item[bar] text


  • What's the difference between itemize and description ? I always used itemize before, and I think it worked, though it's been years so I might be wrong. – jlo17 Jun 10 '12 at 11:14
  • @jlo17 A description environment is to describe things and an itemize environment is to have bullet points or something similar to mark different items. – topskip Jun 10 '12 at 11:17
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    @jlo17 See also the chapter in the wikibook about »List Structures« en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/List_Structures – topskip Jun 10 '12 at 11:18

You can use enumitem package, it has automatic alignment of item labels.

\item[Long label] text
\item[Text] text
\item[Short] text

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