# How do I align enumerate items inside empty description?

I have an enumerate list inside an empty description item.

The minimal file is,

\documentclass[11pt]{article}

\begin{document}
\begin{description}
\item [A Label:]

\begin{enumerate}
\item A1.
\item A2.
\item A3.
\end{enumerate}
\end{description}

\end{document}


The problem is, A1 comes after the colon (:). As you can see here,

But I want A1 in a new line, with 1. aligned with 2.

I tried putting a \relax in the empty description item. Nothing was improved.

Any suggestion will be appreciated.

This must be a duplicate but I didn't see a good question to reference after a quick search so the easiest way without doing any complicated redefinitions of latex list code is

  \item [A Label:]\mbox{}\\[-1.5\baselineskip]


where the \mbox forces a paragraph start so the nested list indents normally.

• Thanks. Worked flawlessly. I did some searching before asking the question. I did not find any. – Masroor Nov 23 '12 at 12:42
• If I am not mistaken, this approach may separate the two environments (description and enumerate) at a break page, in such a way that A Label: will be placed at the end of the page while the list 1., 2., 3. will move to the next page. What would be a way to avoid this behavior? – pluton Jan 6 '14 at 2:28
• @pluton using \\* rather than \\  would strongly discourage a page break – David Carlisle Jan 6 '14 at 10:16

You could also just do

\begin{enumerate}
\item[]
\item A1.
\item A2.
\item A3.
\end{enumerate}


instead of the above. Works equally well (and looks better in my opinion).

• Indeed it works. Though I was skeptical before trying it out. Nice solution. – Masroor Jan 6 '17 at 0:51
• This is better since (unlike the accepted answer) you don't have to adjust space manually. – qweruiop Nov 5 '17 at 15:35