# [Tex/LaTex] What are original itemize bullet definitions

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We are given a document with original bullet definitions overwritten:

\renewcommand{\labelitemi}{$\circ$}
\renewcommand{\labelitemii}{$\circ$}
\renewcommand{\labelitemiii}{$\circ$}
\renewcommand{\labelitemiv}{$\circ$}
...


Assume, we want to make list (in such document) with original bullets (using \begin{itemize}[label=...]).

What are default definitions of \labelitemi, \labelitemii, \labelitemiii, \labelitemiv…?

How to retrieve this information?

If you do not know where to look for the definitions you can use texdef. To use it with LaTeX definitions you have to either call it with the option -t latex or use the corresponding alias latexdef (if the alias is defined on your system).

To check the definition for \labelitemi you can issue texdef -t latex \labelitemi. To also check where the definition is to be found add the option -f. So, to check the definitions for \labelitemi, \labelitemii, \labelitemiii and \labelitemiv you can issue

texdef -t latex -f \labelitemi \labelitemii \labelitemiii \labelitemiv


and on my system it returns:

\labelitemi first defined in "article.cls".

\labelitemi:
\long macro:->\textbullet

\labelitemii first defined in "article.cls".

\labelitemii:
\long macro:->\normalfont \bfseries \textendash

\labelitemiii first defined in "article.cls".

\labelitemiii:
\long macro:->\textasteriskcentered

\labelitemiv first defined in "article.cls".

\labelitemiv:
\long macro:->\textperiodcentered


If you want to see the available options for texdef or learn more about it you can access its documentation with texdoc texdef.