If I use

\item asdasd
\item dsfsdf

the items are with a bullet, but how can I itemize these two with a "-" (a dash / a hyphen / a small line)?

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One-at-a-time method:

\item[--] asdasd
\item[--] dsfsdf

Set all first-level bullet-point to --:

At preamble, in plain-TeX


or in LaTeX


These have the same effect, but if you want all your definitions to look similar you can prefer one over the other.

Set the first-level bullet-point to -- only in one itemize environment:

\item asdasd
\item dsfsdf
  • Note that there's no reason that it would have to be two dashes instead of one; this would work equally well as \item[-].
    – Tyler McHenry
    Mar 13, 2010 at 15:35
  • @Tyler: - (hyphen) is shorter than -- (en-dash).
    – kennytm
    Mar 13, 2010 at 15:35
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    @Tyler except that it is poorer typographical style, I believe.
    – Vasily Korolev
    Mar 13, 2010 at 15:41
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    @Vasily I would not say "poorer"; it's a poor style (it's a thing you want to do when you want to look like MSWord).
    – yo'
    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:53
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    @kennytm. Does the command \renewcommand\labelitemi{---} available in beamer as well? I'm getting error for missing command.
    – CKM
    Aug 17, 2019 at 17:32

For reference, here's a package-wise approach using the (de-facto) list manipulation package, enumitem:

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\usepackage{enumitem}% http://ctan.org/pkg/enumitem
\item asdasd
\item dsfsdf
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    You can also set defaults with \setlist[⟨names⟩,⟨levels⟩]{⟨keys/values⟩}. See the enumitem documentation. I have an answer here that gives some settings I like in a beamer presentation. Apr 13, 2021 at 19:37
% before \begin{document}

% after \begin{document}
 \item asdasd
 \item dsfdsf

Ideally, the enumerate package is already in MiKTeX so you need not download it.

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  • @picco: enumerate is a latex “required” package; a distribution that doesn't contain it is non-conforming. so idealism ought not to be required... Feb 28, 2013 at 14:55
  • This totally looks like an up-to-date best practice to me.
    – mcbetz
    Feb 28, 2013 at 17:31
  • This is clearly the best answer!
    – LondonRob
    Jul 11, 2014 at 16:52

The alternative solution for whole document/representation:

\setlist[itemize]{itemsep=10pt, label={--}}
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    Use \setlist[itemize]{...}. The command \setitemizewas deprecated 8 years ago. Mar 21, 2019 at 14:19
  • Thanks. I changed.
    – Ceylan B.
    Mar 21, 2019 at 14:28

A much better looking results are obtained if one uses math minus symbol instead of en-dash:

\item[$-$] asdasd
\item[$-$] dsfsdf

Use package enumitem with parameter shortlabels:

Remember use ``shortlabels'' parameter
    \item aaa 
    \item bbb

To use bold dash, replace [-] by [\textbf{-}]; or longer dash, replace [-] by [--]. To use +, replace [-] by [+].

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