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I like the Boadilla layout for Beamer presentations, but I find its enumerate bullet points illegible, as illustrated below (from the Beamer Theme Matrix).

Boadilla bullet points

How can I change the formatting of the bullet points in the enumerate environment to something more legible, like the default style, illustrated below?

default bullet points

Is it possible to borrow a different style's bullet point formatting, either in whole, or in parts (itemize and enumerate separately)?

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Somebody is cloning Stackexchange content: techques.com/question/31-11168/… – dmh Mar 25 '15 at 13:57
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You can use

\setbeamertemplate{itemize items}[default]
\setbeamertemplate{enumerate items}[default]

See section 12.1 of the manual of beamer for more information.

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I may be wrong, but solely using \useinnertheme{default} does not have the desired effect. Did you mean to use it in addition to \setbeamertemplate? – lockstep Feb 15 '11 at 21:52
Yes. It seems useless. I deleted it. – Leo Liu Feb 15 '11 at 21:56
This is cool, but it seems not to change the TOC items. Also, it'd be good to include a section number for the manual, cause that's one dense document. – naught101 Apr 30 '12 at 3:23
Also, items is the parent of both enumerate and itemize items, so you can just do something like \setbeamertemplate{items}[square], and it will apply to both. – naught101 Apr 30 '12 at 3:31


% Adapted from beamerinnerthemedfault.sty
\setbeamertemplate{itemize item}{\scriptsize\raise1.25pt\hbox{\donotcoloroutermaths$\blacktriangleright$}}
\setbeamertemplate{itemize subitem}{\tiny\raise1.5pt\hbox{\donotcoloroutermaths$\blacktriangleright$}}
\setbeamertemplate{itemize subsubitem}{\tiny\raise1.5pt\hbox{\donotcoloroutermaths$\blacktriangleright$}}
\setbeamertemplate{enumerate item}{\insertenumlabel.}
\setbeamertemplate{enumerate subitem}{\insertenumlabel.\insertsubenumlabel}
\setbeamertemplate{enumerate subsubitem}{\insertenumlabel.\insertsubenumlabel.\insertsubsubenumlabel}
\setbeamertemplate{enumerate mini template}{\insertenumlabel}



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It's right, but not the common use. – Leo Liu Feb 15 '11 at 21:58
@Leo Liu: I suspected so, and only posted my answer because the original version of your one didn't seem to work. – lockstep Feb 15 '11 at 22:00
You're right. I misused braces (should be bracets). – Leo Liu Feb 15 '11 at 22:04

You can use inner theme constructs to achieve a uniform style. For instance, when I prefer to use square face for items, sections and subsections, I would use the following.


Please browse the beamer source code for various themes to get an idea about available inner themes and how various themes define certain styles. I felt that this way was easier to find what I was looking for to customize instead of reading the beamer manual.

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