If I export an org file, like

* Item
** Subitem
*** Subsubitem

and export it to latex it is converted to something like



I.e. it translates it to sections and subsections. How can I configure org mode to convert it to nested lists (using itemize or enumerate), e.g. as:


\item Item
\item Subitem
\item Subsubitem

1 Answer 1




and see the Export settings section of the manual with C-h i g(org)Export settings which says


Set the number of headline levels for export
(‘org-export-headline-levels’).  Below that level, headlines are
treated differently.  In most back-ends, they become list items.

The default list export to LaTeX is using itemize environments. The option num:t changes that to enumerate environments:

#+OPTIONS: H:0 num:t
  • Does this also work with nested enumerate instead of itemize?
    – student
    Aug 7, 2021 at 20:06
  • Yes - see edited answer.
    – NickD
    Aug 7, 2021 at 23:45

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