## LaTeX forum ⇒ Text Formatting ⇒ \partopsep vs \topsep

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### \partopsep vs \topsep

Quick question:

I'm making lists using enumitem. What is the difference between \partopsep and \topsep? I've been fiddling around with it on overleaf.com and don't quite get it...

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cgnieder
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Both are list parameters.
• \topsep the rubber space between the first item of a list and the preceding paragraph.
• \partopsep an extra rubber space which is added to \topsep when the list environment starts a new paragraph.

A rubber space is a length which can contain shrinkable and stretchable parts.
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How would a list not start a new paragraph? Do you mean the kinds of lists that are inline with the rest of the text? (Not that I have much knowledge or experience with those.)

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It depends if the list preceded with a blank line (or a \par) or not. Compare

Here is some text\begin{itemize}   \item and a list \emph{not} starting a paragraph

with

Here is some text \begin{itemize}   \item and a list starting a paragraph
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