Does anyone know how to change the color scheme and/or bullets used in Beamer's table of contents (without changing the overall structure color or theme)? Unfortunately, the following doesn't work:

\setbeamertheme{enumerate item}[default]
\setbeamercolor{enumerate item}{black}

I would even be fine removing the numbering altogether.

  • The numbering in the TOC depends on the theme: the default theme doesn't use bullets, "Berlin" uses square bullets, "Madrid" circle bullets. Please tell us at least your theme or post a minimal example. – Stefan Kottwitz Dec 30 '10 at 23:03
  • I've written a custom theme that's based on PaloAlto. I should clarify that I don't mean bullets, per se. The default symbols used for enumeration items in this theme are spheres with numbers inside them. I know how to suppress this within regular enumerate environments, but I can't get the same trick to work in the TOC. – Kristen Dec 30 '10 at 23:13
  • Maybe the problem was that ball and sphere lead to the same sphere-ish result as do elephant or any other un-defined string. Either ball or sphere are not defined and since sphere/ball is the theme-standard, it will fall back on this when given a undefined value. circle and square work like expected and default removes the numbers altogether. Thanks to Kristen and Alan, I had the same problem before I came here! – user39426 Nov 3 '13 at 20:25

Modify font/color of the element section number projected. An example doing some changes, not necessarily beautiful but demonstrating:

\setbeamerfont{section number projected}{%
\setbeamercolor{section number projected}{bg=black,fg=yellow}

With PaloAlto theme:

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Before, PaloAlto default:

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  • This almost works. Do you know how to change the sphere to, say, a ball? \setbeamertemplate{sections in toc}[ball] is not working. – Kristen Dec 30 '10 at 23:43
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    \setbeamertemplate{sections/subsections in toc}[ball] works for me. Besides ball, there's circle and square. – Stefan Kottwitz Dec 30 '10 at 23:58
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    @Kristen It should be {section in toc} (singular not plural) – Alan Munn Dec 31 '10 at 0:09
  • @Alan I've tried singular as well. Still not working, but I am about to strangle my PC! – Kristen Dec 31 '10 at 0:10
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    I just realized that \setbeamertemplate{section in toc}[default] will remove the markers altogether...so nevermind!! Thanks! – Kristen Dec 31 '10 at 14:51

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