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How can I reduce the amount of space around items in an itemized or enumerated list? I would like to reduce the vertical space between items, the space to the left of the bullet, and the space between the bullet and the text.

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    Use the enumitem package. – Jukka Suomela Aug 2 '10 at 16:45
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The paralist package provides compressed lists, the new environments are called compactitem, compactenum and compactdesc. Use it just like the corresponding standard list environments. It can even keep lists within a paragraph.

The enumitem provides more features but also compressed lists, for instance by

\usepackage{enumitem}
\setlist{nolistsep,leftmargin=*}

\setlist modifies all lists, \setitemize just itemize etc. It takes an optional parameter that stands for the level that should be changed, default it alters all levels. Since enumitem allows a lot more customization I prefer it over paralist, but the latter is easier to use and fits better to the question here.

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    AFAIK, the current version of enumitem doesn't support lists within a paragraph. – lockstep Aug 5 '10 at 22:42
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    That's true, in-para lists are the outstanding paralist feature, the only one that enumitem doesn't support yet. – Stefan Kottwitz Aug 5 '10 at 23:01
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    Is there a recommended way to reduce the list separation, rather than remove it? I tried \setlist{itemsep=0pt}, which works well, but actually only reduces the separation to something half way between the default and \setlist{nolistsep}. Why is that? – naught101 Sep 27 '12 at 1:36
  • I don't think \setitemize is a valid command - you need \setlist[itemize, <levels>]{<format>}. – tparker Mar 24 '18 at 2:14

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