I have the following presentation that I compile with XeLaTeX:

\documentclass[aspectratio=169, svgnames]{beamer}


    \frametitle{Learning Outcomes}
        \item Mathematical in nature
        \item Many abstract concepts $\rightarrow$ Requires abstract thinking $\rightarrow$ Formal logic
        \item Programming requires remembering syntax and semantics of programming statements

When I compile it the bullets are missing. All I see is this:

Removing \usetheme{Madrid} works fine and pdflatex works without any issues as well. Any solutions?

  • Instead of the enum environment, use either enumerate or itemize. If I try to compile your document, I get an error message complaining about enum being undefined.
    – leandriis
    Oct 6, 2020 at 15:26
  • @leandriis same issue with itemize and enumerate. pdflatex works but xelatex doesn't. No bullets.
    – K G
    Oct 6, 2020 at 15:31
  • Thanks. I’ll try it out.
    – K G
    Oct 6, 2020 at 16:30
  • Yup. Thanks. I’ve posted an answer with the link.
    – K G
    Nov 7, 2020 at 10:28

1 Answer 1


As @Ulrike Fischer pointed out above, this issue has already been solved at XeLaTeX update [20201004] and item ball in Beamer

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