I know that I can change the itemize symbol in a LaTeX Beamer presentation with \setbeamertemplate{itemize items}{\symbol}. I use a corporate template which defines the symbol that way. Now I want to use the same symbol for something else in the presentation.

But how can I get the current value back? Is there something like \thebeameritemizeditem to return \symbol?

What I've tried so far:

  • When I use \meaning\labelitemi which is defined in article.cls as mentioned in here I get the output undefined.
  • When I try \csname@itemlabel\endcsname as proposed in here I just get a blank

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Well, reading until the end sometimes helps. \usebeamertemplate{itemize item}{} also from here worked.


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