# Why the item style has changed to dashed instead of bullets?

I'm writing a thesis in LaTeX whose main language is English, with also a French abstract at the beginning (I suppose this fact to be relevant).

Inside \itemize, all items are by default formatted as a dashed list, although I would like it to be a "normal" bullet list, (as it was at the beginning of writing).

I'm not sure about the exact moment when the whole formatting has changed, but I think it was with the addition of all the abstract and introduction parts (but I noticed that after).

If it is the case, why does it happen (and, of course, how can I fix it)?

• use package enumitem then you can easily modify nearly everything. – user2478 Dec 30 '13 at 16:24
• Have you by any chance loaded the babel package with french as an option? – Torbjørn T. Dec 30 '13 at 16:25
• french changes the layout. Check the document about how to customize this mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/babel-contrib/frenchb/…. – Ulrike Fischer Dec 30 '13 at 16:29
• @vl1131: didn't you forget to type ‘\selectlanguage{english}’ after the end of your abstract in french? – Bernard Dec 30 '13 at 16:35
• Can you add a minimal working example (MWE)? – egreg Dec 30 '13 at 17:23

\frenchbsetup{StandardLayout}

• If the document's main language is not French, just put the main language last in the options to babel. – egreg Dec 30 '13 at 17:22