How to Include a Bullet Point in LaTeX

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LaTeX is an open source document preparation and typesetting system based on the TeX system. Contrary to conventional word processing programs, LaTeX users define the structure of their documents using a series of programming-like commands. LaTeX has a loyal following since it allows experienced users to make massive revisions to the structure of a document with very little work. However, the program has a steep learning curve, since even trivial objects like bullet pointed lists require special commands.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Open your favourite text editor. Any text editor, including Windows Notepad, is acceptable for this task. Open a LaTeX document. Alternatively, open your text editor and create a new document by typing:



  2. 2

    Type the following between the "begin" and "end" commands to create your bullet point list:



  3. 3

    Fill in the spots between the "begin itemize" and "end itemize" commands with your list items:


    \item The first item in my list.

    \item The second item in my list.

    \item The third item in my list.


Tips and warnings

  • Just like in a word processor, there are multiple list options. For example, you can replace "itemize" with "enumerate" to have the items in the list numbered. Of course, lists can also be nested within each other to create outlines.

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