I am using the enumitem package in a beamer presentation. When I added a usepackage directive for it, the bullets in front of itemize lists disappeared.

I tried restoring them by using

\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}

but that didn't help.

Is there a way to set up bullets in beamer when using the enumitem package? I want to actually set a latex symbol or even an .png image of my own.

  • managed to fix it by adding \setlist{label=\blacksquare}
    – kloop
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 22:09
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enumitem redefines beamer list features. You can combine enumitem with beamer features and templates. This example demonstrates the use of \setitemize (from enumitem) with beamer templates, restoring font, color and template of the current beamer theme:

\setenumerate[itemize]{label=\usebeamerfont*{itemize item}%
  \usebeamercolor[fg]{itemize item}
  \usebeamertemplate{itemize item}}
    \item First item
    \item Second item

So, with a default beamer document, you would get blue triangles also with enumitem.

enumitem and beamer demo

  • 1
    So in general the trick is to add back in the beamer features you want inside the \setlist command?
    – Seamus
    Commented Jul 13, 2012 at 13:04
  • 1
    @Seamus Yes, that's what I think.
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Commented Jul 13, 2012 at 20:42
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    OK. I don't regret (+1)ing this answer, but too bad it fails when I add an enumerate environment!
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 23:55
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    To fix the 'TeX capacity exceeded' when adding an enumerate, I had to redefine the enumerate list parameters, e.g. \setlist[enumerate]{label=\arabic*.}. This does not take into account the beamer template, however. Commented Feb 8, 2018 at 20:04
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    Is there a way to add back [<+->]? When I try to use this option together with enumitem I get an error "Package enumitem Error: <-+> undefined." Commented Oct 17, 2019 at 15:13

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