# Itemize bullets without itemization?

How can I produce bullets like

as they are used in beamer with itemize environments? I want to use them in the text not just for itemizations. Note: I would like the bullets not just to look more or less like the beamer itemize bullets but they should look identical in colour, shape, and size!

• which theme are you using to get that style of bullet? \labelitemi should give you the commands used for a first level itemize. – David Carlisle Nov 25 '12 at 14:33
• Just the standard theme together with \usepackage{beamerthemeshadow} ... \labelitemi gives error undefined control sequence !?! – lpdbw Nov 25 '12 at 14:40
• sorry beamer doesn't follow the standard latex usage here, see the code in my answer which will use whichever bullet the beamer theme is using. – David Carlisle Nov 25 '12 at 14:44

\documentclass{beamer}

\makeatletter
\newcommand\mysphere{%
\parbox[t]{10pt}{\raisebox{0.2pt}{\beamer@usesphere{item projected}{bigsphere}}}}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
\mysphere test
\end{frame}

\end{document}


This (beamer-specific) solution works as well, and without @ :

\documentclass{beamer}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}

This is the bullet : \usebeamertemplate{itemize item}{}.

\end{frame}

\end{document}


• Yes, it's already provided by my theme! – lpdbw Nov 25 '12 at 15:01

It seems beamer doesn't define \labelitemi but

 \csname @itemlabel\endcsname


works.

• Yep! Thanks. Could you briely explain the code? – lpdbw Nov 25 '12 at 14:44
• Beamer uses \@itemlabel to make the label and then each theme defines that do whatever kind of marker it wants. the csname usage just means you don't need @ to be a letter, better to go \makeatletter\def\mybullet{\@itemlabel}\makeatother in the preamble so you can use \mybullet without worrying about @. – David Carlisle Nov 25 '12 at 14:48
• Thx, but still a problem. Try this: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{beamerthemeshadow} \usepackage{xspace} \newcommand{\beamerbullet}{\makeatletter\def\mybullet{\@itemlabel}\makeatother\xspace} \begin{document} \beamerbullet abc\\ \beamerbullet cde \end{document} It won't produce any bullets!? – lpdbw Nov 25 '12 at 14:51