Edit: I'd like to get hold of the bullet character that beamer uses. One use of it is as follows.

I'd like the left edges of the bullets of itemize to align with the left edge of the surrounding text. My current strategy is to use the calc package to set leftmargini:

  Text text text text text text text text text
  text text text text text text text text
    \item first

which doesn't quite work (the indent width isn't quite right), perhaps because I'm using the wrong bullet.

How can you get hold of the exact bullet the beamer uses:

\settowidth{\leftmargini}{\beamerbulleti} % 1st level




Edit: My reason for wanting to get hold of the bullet character is: It took me quite bit of time to be able to guess that $\blacktriangleright$ is perhaps the right symbol. What if you switch to another theme? Each time you would have to dig into the style files to find it out.

I also sometimes want to use the same bullet outside the itemize environment: text text text \textcolor{beamerbulletcolor}{\beamerbulleti} text text\ldots and I want the bullet to change if/when I switch the theme.

  • I think the title of the question is misleading – user31729 Oct 6 '15 at 7:44
  • Perhaps. I actually have other reasons for wanting to get the bullet symbol, so I should either add more material to my question so that the title becomes more suitable or change the title. – Ryo Oct 6 '15 at 8:03
  • Currently your question is only about the indentation of the symbol, not about the real bullet symbol – user31729 Oct 6 '15 at 8:07

The symbol used for the first level itemize in beamer can be obtained with \usebeamertemplate***{itemize item}.

  • Much belated thanks! That works in most cases. I've just found it doesn't work with raggedright---ERROR: You can't use \raise' in internal vertical mode. . . . \beamer@@tmpl@itemize item ->\scriptsize \raise 1.25pt\hbox . . . `. – Ryo Aug 26 '16 at 7:57

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