[Tex/LaTex] beamer: More elegant way to uncover list items starting on the second slide


Using LaTeX and beamer, I'm using the shorthanded notation <+-> and its variants (e.g. <+-| alert@+>, etc.) to have list items uncovered so that I do not have to manually enter a specific number for each slide, and can insert a new list item without having to renumber everything.

However, sometimes I want to display some text that appears before the first list item is shown. The way I have done this is to create an invisible item (called \noitem below) and insert that as my first list item. It is admittedly a kludge … and, furthermore, it forces the insertion of some vertical space between the text shown initially and the list. Is there a more elegant way to do this? Ideally, it should not require extra vertical space either.

Here's a MWE:


\newcommand{\noitem}{\item[{\color{white} blank}] {\color{white} blank}}


Some text displayed initially.
    \noitem  % invisible item shown on first slide
    \item First item, uncovered on second slide
    \item Second item, uncovered on third slide. 


Best Answer

You can put \pause before the \begin{itemize} line.

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