# beamer itemize label text alignment

Why does itemize label text spill over onto what I think is called the sidebar(blue horizontal column on the left in the picture)?

I also need to a fix for this problem. The document with this problem uses \documentclass{beamer} and uses the outer theme: sidebar.

The following code is responsible for the for the list:

 \begin{itemize}
\item{Problems:}
\item{Solutions:}
\end{itemize}


• instead of \item{Problems:} and \item{Solutions:} write \item Problems: and \item Solutions:. Or use the description environment and square brackets. – user121799 Nov 5 '17 at 1:25
• Or \item[] Problem:, \item[] Solution: ... – Bobyandbob Nov 5 '17 at 5:25
• @marmot using a description environment instead sounds like a good answer to me. Would you like to write one? – user36296 Nov 5 '17 at 11:27
• @samcarter : done. I'll be happy to remove the answer because it might be a duplicate... – user121799 Nov 5 '17 at 15:26

The issue is not specific to beamer. In an itemize environment, you may replace the usual bullets (or whatever your document preamble gives you) by some other stuff. However, this stuff will be centered at the same position as the bullets would have been. As a consequence, if this other stuff is too wide, it overshoots on the left. However, this is not a LaTeX bug, rather there is a specific environment for this purpose, description, which you are supposed to use here. I illustrate this with an MWE, which is highly recommended to be included in questions. I really don't know which theme you are using, so the MWE produces something that looks a bit different.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usetheme{Berkeley}
\useoutertheme{sidebar}

\begin{document}
\section{Introduction}
\section{Problems and Motivation}
\begin{frame}
\frametitle{Why are marmots so cute?}
\begin{overlayarea}{\textwidth}{\textheight}
\begin{description}
\item[Problems:] Marmots are cute beyond description.
\item[Solutions:]
\end{description}
\end{overlayarea}
\end{frame}
\section{References}

\end{document}
\endinput