Latex Reducing Enumeration Item Space

The default enumeration item spacing in most LaTeX styles is quite generous. If you want to save some space and provide an often more compact presentation to your reader, different approaches are available.

Starting with a default presentation, this article presents alternatives to improve the listing.

\begin{enumerate}
\item Item One
\item Item Two
\item Item Three
\end{enumerate}

Using Paralist Package

Using the paralist package you can use the new enumeration style compactenum:

\usepackage{paralist}
...
\begin{compactenum}
\item Item One
\item Item Two
\item Item Three
\end{compactenum}

compactenum automatically reduces the line height of your listing and applies a more contact presentation.

Using itemsep Declaration

The default enumaration and itemize environments allow for specifiying an itesep declaration to configure the items’ line height characterstics. This solution does not require any specific package to be used, but to manually specify the line-height.

\begin{enumerate}
\itemsep-2pt
\item Item One
\item Item Two
\item Item Three
\end{enumerate}