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# Alphabetic Enumerations in LaTeX

I wanted my LaTeX lists to be numbered with letters (a, b, c...) rather than numbers (1, 2, 3...) . There is documentation for this online, but I had a really hard time figuring out how to use it properly.

The key is to use a \renewcommand{\theenumi}{\alph{enumi}} command inside the enumerate environment, not in the header of the LaTeX document. Here is an example:

\begin{enumerate}

\renewcommand{\theenumi}{\alph{enumi}}

\item This is the a'th item.

\item And this is the b'th.

\item Aren't all examples supposed to have at least c items?

\end{enumerate}


enumi in this case refers to the first level of nesting. \alph means lower case letters (\Alph would mean upper case, and there are others.)