## Lists in LyX

In the LyX word processor, which I recommend highly for technical writing, the on-screen layout of lists is very spread out. You can fix that easily by editing your stdlists.inc file, which you’ll find in /usr/share/lyx/layouts/stdlists.inc on linux, or in c:\Program Files\Lyx\Resources\layouts\stdlists.inc in Windows.

Just change ItemSep, TopSep, BottomSep, and ParSep to 0.0, and the bulleted lists become nice and compact.

```Format 4
Style Itemize
Margin                Static
LatexType             Item_Environment
LatexName             itemize
NextNoIndent          1
LeftMargin            MMN
LabelSep              xx
ItemSep               0.0
TopSep                0.0
BottomSep             0.0
ParSep                0.0
Align                 Block
AlignPossible         Block, Left
LabelType             Itemize
LabelString           "*"
End
```

EDIT 9/2/2008:

It’s better to edit this in your preferences directory. Copy the stdlists.inc file to your Lyx preferences directory (in Linux: ~/.lyx/layouts) and edit it there.