In Beamer, \begin{itemize}[<+->] causes items to appear one-by-one. However, item 1 is visible starting from the first slide itself. Is there a way to insert a pause before the first item too?

of course I can manually type

\item<2-> first
\item<3-> second

but is there a shortcut way to specify this?

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    You could put an explicit \pause before the itemize environment. Would that suffice? Aug 15, 2012 at 15:35
  • Hey, thanks! That works. For some reason, I thought pause was only allowed before \item Aug 15, 2012 at 16:50

2 Answers 2


Simply write \pause before the itemize environment. This will achieve the effect you want.

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    If you have other elements after the itemize which should be seen right from the beginning, the method by Mitja is preferable.
    – user61658
    Dec 15, 2015 at 12:20

As described by Lionel Mansuy in this duplicate of this question, the following also works: \begin{itemize}[<+(1)->]

Note that all <+-> tokens on the same slide also need to be replaced by <+(1)-> for this to work properly.


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