How to Include a Bullet Point in LaTeX

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LaTeX has a steep learning curve.
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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 because 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 lists require special commands.

Step 1

Open a text editor like Notepad and create a new LaTeX document by typing:

\begin{document}

\end{document}

Step 2

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

\begin{itemize}

\end{itemize}

Step 3

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

\begin{itemize} \item The first item in my list. \item The second item in my list. \item The third item in my list. \end{itemize}

Tip

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

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