How to Include a Bullet Point in LaTeX

By Kevin Walker

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}