# Beamer itemize not aligned when in blocks

While making a poster, I've got two columns with blocks with itemize inside them. MWE:

\documentclass[final]{beamer}
\mode<presentation>{}

\usepackage{times}
\usepackage{amsmath,amssymb}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}[t]{}

%\leavevmode
\begin{columns}[t, onlytextwidth]
\begin{column}{.5\linewidth}
\begin{block}{Contributions}
\begin{itemize}
\item First Item
\item Second Item
\end{itemize}
\end{block}
\end{column}
\begin{column}{.5\linewidth}
\begin{block}{Approach}
\begin{itemize}
\item First Item
\item Second Item
\end{itemize}
\end{block}
\end{column}
\end{columns}

\end{frame}
\end{document}


My local installation and ShareLaTeX would misalign the bullets(baselines added by me):

This problem seems similar to:

But this time it happens when itemize is inside the block. If one removes the blocks it works fine.

Am I missing something or does it look like a Beamer bug?

Thanks! I'm a LaTeX noob, sorry if I missed something stupid.

• To work around this bug, you may add \vphantom{Ag} in each title of your blocks. – Paul Gaborit Oct 3 '16 at 23:55
• That's a very mysterious workaround that just worked! Appending this after in the beamer theme after \insertblocktitle seems to have worked too. Thanks! I'll still submit this to beamer maintainers... – Vadim Kantorov Oct 4 '16 at 0:18
• In your example, the depth of the first title is null (no letter as g or y...). \vphantom add a vertical phantom of its content. – Paul Gaborit Oct 4 '16 at 0:23
• @PaulGaborit Would you like to write an answer? – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Oct 4 '16 at 10:08
• Btw I put on a bug report at bitbucket.org/rivanvx/beamer/issues/339/… – Vadim Kantorov Oct 4 '16 at 12:22

In your example, the depth of the first title is null (no letter as g or y). To work around this feature (or "bug") of beamer, you may add \vphantom{Ag} in each title of your blocks (\vphantom adds a vertical phantom of its content).

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{times}
\usepackage{amsmath,amssymb}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}[t]{}
\begin{columns}[t, onlytextwidth]
\begin{column}{.45\linewidth}
\begin{block}{Contributions\vphantom{Ag}}
\begin{itemize}
\item First Item
\item Second Item
\end{itemize}
\end{block}
\end{column}
\begin{column}{.45\linewidth}
\begin{block}{Approach\vphantom{Ag}}
\begin{itemize}
\item First Item
\item Second Item
\end{itemize}
\end{block}
\end{column}
\end{columns}
\end{frame}
\end{document}


Note: if you use onlytextwidth, the sum of the width of your columns should be lesser than \textwidth (to get a space between your columns).

• Thanks for this workaround, accepting it as an answer. Hope Beamer devs will check up on this. – Vadim Kantorov Oct 5 '16 at 20:02

In case one prefers a tighter vertical spacing, the following answer ignores the descending parts of the letters:

\documentclass{beamer}

\setbeamercolor{block title}{bg=red!30,fg=black}

\setbeamertemplate{block begin}
{
\par\vskip\medskipamount%
\begin{beamercolorbox}[colsep*=.75ex]{block title}
\usebeamerfont*{block title}\strut\insertblocktitle\vskip-\dp\strutbox%
\end{beamercolorbox}%
{\parskip0pt\par}%
\ifbeamercolorempty[bg]{block title}
{}
{\ifbeamercolorempty[bg]{block body}{}{\nointerlineskip\vskip-0.5pt}}%
\usebeamerfont{block body}%
\begin{beamercolorbox}[colsep*=.75ex,vmode]{block body}%
\ifbeamercolorempty[bg]{block body}{\vskip-.25ex}{\vskip-.75ex}\vbox{}%
}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
\begin{block}{This title has a problem}
some text
\end{block}

• It it possible to achieve a vertically centered layout (considering only the baseline and cap height)? Assuming that \dp\strutbox is equivalent to 0.3\baselineskip, I think that something between 0.2\baselineskip and 0.25\baselineskip would look best, but unfortunately the result seems to depend on the font... – Jakub Klinkovský Jul 6 '17 at 15:48
• @JakubKlinkovský Isn't this vertically centred? If I measure the space below and above the T are equal. – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Jul 6 '17 at 15:52
• @JakubKlinkovský In any case, if you find \vskip-\dp\strutbox too much try with \vskip-.66\dp\strutbox or whatever you like. – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Jul 6 '17 at 15:54
• In the posted image, there is 10px of red above the T, but only 8px below it. I think that I've already found the ideal dimension for the fonts in my current project, but obviously it would be great to have a solution guaranteed to not depend on any particular font. – Jakub Klinkovský Jul 6 '17 at 16:06