Using TeX Live 2013, with this combination:

  • Beamer (version 3.26) Copenhagen theme.
  • Compiled with XeLaTeX.
  • Using enumerate environment.

I get the numbers (usally as white font inside blue circle) with black font colour.

With TeX Live 2012, the numbers are white, as expected.

For example:


    \item num
    \item num
    \item num
    \item num

Produces with TexLive2012:

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And with TexLive2013:

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What can be done to get the numbers white again? (I want them like that because of the better contrast with the blue background).


As requested by @JosephWright, this is the relevant file listing:

beamer.cls    2013/01/04 3.26 A class for typesetting presentations (rcs-revision e81e0c94bcc6)
beamerbasercs.sty    2013/01/04 (rcs-revision 9a97a4eee358)
beamerbasemodes.sty    2012/04/15 (rcs-revision cc6557182d97)
beamerbasedecode.sty    2010/05/01 (rcs-revision efa082c6111d)
beamerbaserequires.sty    2010/05/01  (rcs-revision efa082c6111d)
beamerbasecompatibility.sty    2012/05/01  (rcs-revision 67c48b3b652d)
beamerbasefont.sty    2012/09/19  (rcs-revision 733629cd0c6c)
beamerbasetranslator.sty    2010/06/11  (rcs-revision 85fd1cc7fc42)
beamerbasemisc.sty    2012/02/24  (rcs-revision 2ff5461be705)
beamerbasetwoscreens.sty    2010/05/01  (rcs-revision efa082c6111d)
beamerbaseoverlay.sty    2012/11/11  (rcs-revision 6afbc49b1109)
beamerbasetitle.sty    2010/09/21  (rcs-revision f0446ed0b6ae)
beamerbasesection.sty    2013/01/04  (rcs-revision 54309ceef997)
beamerbaseframe.sty    2012/12/26  (rcs-revision 1443917db2cf)
beamerbaseverbatim.sty    2012/08/30  (rcs-revision dfdb135076b3)
beamerbaseframesize.sty    2011/09/12  (rcs-revision 70f9d8411e54)
beamerbaseframecomponents.sty    2012/09/13  (rcs-revision dcd846607320)
beamerbasecolor.sty    2010/06/06  (rcs-revision d1a9b48be06d)
beamerbasenotes.sty    2012/12/19  (rcs-revision 1686da3db3c9)
beamerbasetoc.sty    2012/10/02  (rcs-revision 5ed0f4010e8a)
beamerbasetemplates.sty    2010/05/01  (rcs-revision efa082c6111d)
beamerbaseauxtemplates.sty    2012/05/01  (rcs-revision 67c48b3b652d)
beamerbaseboxes.sty    2012/05/13  (rcs-revision 56972908a390)
beamerbaselocalstructure.sty    2012/11/13  (rcs-revision ddfba79dac19)
enumerate.sty    1999/03/05 v3.00 enumerate extensions (DPC)
beamerbasenavigation.sty    2012/04/03  (rcs-revision 42a0f21a412d)
beamerbasetheorems.sty    2010/06/06  (rcs-revision 7e7cc5e53e9d)
  • 1
    Can you add the precise beamer version you are using? The easiest way is to add \listfiles to your input, run LaTeX and find the File list in the log.
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 16:03
  • 1
    I can confirm the issue; loading fontspec doesn't solve it. I have a more recent beamer release, but the problem is the same.
    – egreg
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 20:52

1 Answer 1


I found a simple hack to get enumerate balls drawn with the color set by us or the theme itself.

This solution means to define again the beamer template for enumerate item, but asking to use the foreground color for item projected just when printing the itemize number (not at the beginning of the definition, as has been the case up until now):

\setbeamertemplate{enumerate item}
    \usebeamercolor[fg]{item projected}
      \pgftext{\usebeamercolor[fg]{item projected}\usebeamerfont*{item projected}\insertenumlabel}}

\setbeamertemplate{enumerate subitem}
    \usebeamercolor[fg]{subitem projected}
      \usebeamercolor[fg]{subitem projected}%
      \usebeamerfont*{subitem projected}%

\setbeamertemplate{enumerate subsubitem}
    \usebeamercolor[fg]{subsubitem projected}
      \usebeamercolor[fg]{subsubitem projected}%
      \usebeamerfont*{subitem projected}%

Some notes:

  1. The only changes are: \usebeamercolor[fg]{item projected} (and their corresponding subitem and subsubitem when needed) just at the left of \usebeamerfont*{item projected}.

  2. There must be a reason why using \usebeamercolor[fg]{item projected} just as the first command of pgfpicture don't work with XeLaTeX and TexLive2013.

  3. And surely there could be a simpler workaround, obviously without thinking about hacking the file texmf-dist/tex/latex/beamer/beamerbaseauxtemplates.sty.

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