Surely this is a basic question. I define nested lists using nested \begin{itemize} commands and I'm not satisfied with the default result. The indentation is OK but the marker style is the same for all items regardless of their list level. This looks counter-intuitive to me. Is there a standard (and simple) way to get different markers according to the level of indentation?

I don't feel that defining the marker style manually for each new list is an acceptable solution, nor do I wish to use many additional packages if it can be avoided.

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    If you nest itemize inside itemize, the marker is different in the nested list, by default. More information is needed if you don't get different markers.
    – egreg
    Jul 25, 2017 at 9:47
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    – Dai Bowen
    Jul 25, 2017 at 9:55
  • @egreg so if what I'm seeing isn't the default behavior maybe something in the (rather complicated) template I'm using is doing it. Anyway, the accepted answer solved my issue.
    – user236356
    Jul 25, 2017 at 13:48

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Load enumitem and set the markers per nesting level in you preamble. For instance:

  • This is precisely what I wanted, clean and simple. Thank you.
    – user236356
    Jul 25, 2017 at 9:43

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