I'm writing a document with lots of numbered items, and I would like each of those items to be contained on a single page (rather than split across two pages). Is there a way to do this? samepage doesn't seem to work.

For example, if the following two items were too big to fit on the same page, I would like item 2 to move to the next page:


\item Blah blah blah ...

\item More babbling ...

  • 1
    Welcome to TeX.SE. Enclosing it in a minipage is one option. That is if you want the entire enumerated list on one page. If you want a particular item completely on one page, you could use the resume feature from the enumitem package. Oct 12, 2012 at 21:21

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To ensure that an entire \item's text is on the same page (assuming of course that it will fit on the page), you can adapt the solution I used to Replace \item with \MyItem to box each list member with an mdframed, to instead place each \item within a minipage.

Here is a normal enumerate environment where item (c) is split across a page:

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and using the MyEnumerate environment we get item (c) on a new page since it does not fit on the previous page.

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  • An \addvspace{\baselineskip} has been added in between the minipage to resolve the issue with vertical spacing issue that was in an earlier version.

  • The geometry package was used only to adjust the paper height to show that the MyEnumerate actually moves the list member to a new page if it does not fit.


\usepackage{etoolbox}% for toggles


        Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 
        Sed accumsan hendrerit velit, vitae ultrices sapien porta nec.  
        Duis blandit tempus placerat. 
        Nulla vitae erat ante. Nulla facilisi. 
        Aliquam tristique interdum suscipit. 
        Duis posuere orci vel velit suscipit in porttitor purus eleifend. 
%  https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/43002/how-to-preserve-the-same-parskip-in-minipage
% https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/56435/replace-item-with-myitem-to-box-each-list-member-with-an-mdframed


            \setlength{\currentparskip}{\parskip}% save the value
            %--------- start new minipage
            \setlength{\parskip}{\currentparskip}% restore the value
            %--------- end previous minipage and start new one
            \setlength{\parskip}{\currentparskip}% restore the value
    \end{minipage}% --------- end last minipage

    \item \TextA
    \item \TextB
    \item \TextA\TextB
    \MyItem \TextA
    \MyItem \TextB
    \MyItem \TextA\TextB
    \MyItem \TextB

Be sure to add such adjustments only when finalizing your document.

In the following example document, the first line of the second item would be typeset on page one.





\item \lipsum*[2]

\item \lipsum*[3]




Don't forget the empty line (or \par) before \endgroup.

  • Thanks. Your example works but for some reason it doesn't seem to work within my more complicated document. I'll try to come up with an example I can post.
    – rmp251
    Oct 12, 2012 at 21:54
  • @user432311 Have you nested lists?
    – egreg
    Oct 12, 2012 at 22:17

This worked for me:

\begin{minipage}{\textwidth} \item Blah blah blah ... \end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{\textwidth} \item Blah blah blah ... \end{minipage}
  • minipage needs a width as mandatory argument.
    – esdd
    Sep 19, 2017 at 19:42
  • This shouldn’t work! The fact that it (apparently, in simple situations) does looks like a LaTeX bug! Indeed, \@item issues \global\@inlabeltrue, and I can’t remember—or understand—off the top of my head the rationale behind that \global.
    – GuM
    Sep 27, 2017 at 16:01
  • Hmm. I'm not fluent in TeX enough to tell you why or how, I just know that it works great for me. It's simple and does everything I want it to. I went back and looked at the code, and this (with the {\textwidth}) is exactly what I am using. Unfortunately, I can't share the code because the document is an exam. Sep 28, 2017 at 20:30

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