How can I change the color of bullets in an itemize list within an alertblock in beamer?

I use

  \setbeamercolor{itemize item}{<color>}

to set the color of the bullets throughout the document. But I want a different color when the bullets are inside an alertblock environment. I've tried

\setbeamercolor{block itemize item alerted}{<color>}


\setbeamercolor{block alerted itemize item}{<color>}

but neither seems to do anything.

Update: This is not the same question as Custom beamer blocks for pros and cons?. I want to modify the alertblock environment. I don't want to create a new environment.

  • Does this question helps tex.stackexchange.com/questions/28760/custom-beamer-blocks
    – karathan
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 6:26
  • I think it's almost the same question
    – karathan
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 6:30
  • block itemize item alerted or block alerted itemize item doesn't exist. Here you can obtain a complete templates list. I think you will need to use @karathan link.
    – Ignasi
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 8:44
  • That question was about creating new block environments. I was hoping to simply modify the existing alertblock environment. Perhaps it is not possible. Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 9:03

2 Answers 2


Just alter the parent structure:

\setbeamercolor{block title alerted}{fg=white,bg=brown}
\setbeamercolor{block body alerted}{fg=black!90,bg=brown!60!yellow}
% parent of all alerts default is red
\setbeamercolor{alerted text}{fg=green}

\item item 
\begin{alertblock}{alert block}
\item item 

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I would not recommend to use exactly this color scheme but it shows how itemize items and the background can be adjusted individually. This will effect enumerate environments and any other alert as well.

Additional tipp: instead of guessing beamer templates which are not listed in the guide just look them up in the beamer<color/inner/outer>themedefault.sty files in the beamer tree.

  • It doesn't work if you have ever been set a beamercolor for itemize with \setbeamercolor{itemize item}{fg=\colortheme, bg=white}. If I underdstand, default color of itemize is the structure color. How can I have itemize bullet with a different color than the structure and keep the fact that itemize color change inside a block ?
    – Ger
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 12:38

If you want to modify only the alerted block environment and/or you used something like \setbeamercolor*{itemize}{fg=\colortheme, bg=white} to use a custom color on most items you'll want to add a template only for alert blocks, like this:

\addtobeamertemplate{block alerted begin}{%

This will only change the color of itemize items inside alerted blocks.

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