I've been using Beamer for years. On almost every slide I have a \begin{itemize} and an \end{itemize} and all the \item Blah points in between. If there is nesting I need to carefully utilise the same constructs again:

\item One
  \item One and a Half
\item Two

It occurs to me I could instead use a simpler command which might just insert a bullet point with an optional preceding indent. The output of the code above could be obtained using something like:

\i0 One
\i1 One and a Half
\i0 Two

I imagine I might easily create such a simple command, perhaps using \bullet, but I would rather start by asking: is there something like this already; and has anyone has used this idiom for long enough to comment on its pros and cons.

  • If this were not beamer, you could use the outline package. – John Kormylo Dec 5 '19 at 0:23

You can use the \usebeamertemplate{} macro. In your case:

\usebeamertemplate{itemize item}
\usebeamertemplate{itemize subitem}
\usebeamertemplate{itemize subsubitem}

If you also wish to use their pre-defined colors, you can write

{\usebeamercolor[fg]{itemize item}\usebeamertemplate{itemize item}}

and similarly for subitem and subsubitem. Note the enclosing braces to make the color definition local.


  \hbox to\labelwidth{\hss\usebeamercolor[fg]{itemize item}\usebeamertemplate{itemize item}}\hspace{\labelsep}}
  \hbox to\labelwidth{\hss\usebeamercolor[fg]{itemize subitem}\usebeamertemplate{itemize subitem}}\hspace{\labelsep}}
  \hbox to\labelwidth{\hss\usebeamercolor[fg]{itemize subsubitem}\usebeamertemplate{itemize subsubitem}}\hspace{\labelsep}}


  \Item One
  \Item Two


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  • How should I use that? When I insert those 3 lines, either within the preamble, or between the begin/end of a frame, I get the error: You can't use `\raise' in internal vertical mode. – user4417 Dec 6 '19 at 14:09
  • You should add \leavevmode in a macro – user94293 Dec 6 '19 at 18:29
  • I sense this is needing more knowledge of latex than I have. The example you provide has a smaller indentation than we would get with \begin{itemize} etc., and so too there is a slightly larger line separation. I didn't know \usebeamercolor, so maybe there is a way to get such sizes. But I when I defined \ItemS, replacing itemize item with itemize subitem in both places, I found that this produced no indentation relative to the \Item. – user4417 Dec 16 '19 at 23:42
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    Edited. But I won't recommend to use it. It is better to use \begin{itemize}...\end{itemize} – user94293 Dec 17 '19 at 11:59

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