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Lose the beamer navigation symbols!!

September 24, 2009

We’re all getting ready here for next week’s Australian Math Society conference in Adelaide, so I’ve been watching a few practice talks. Watching these, along with a few other recent talks,  reminded me of a pet peeve.

Nowadays, even in mathematics conferences, most talks are computer presentations, and most of these are prepared using Till Tantau’s beamer package for LaTeX.

Although beamer is amazingly good – or perhaps because beamer is amazingly good – its sheer ubiquity means that so many talks “look the same”.

And one way in which they look the same is that although I have never seen anyone use them in a talk, almost everyone seems to keep the default navigation symbols at the bottom corner of every page, where they often overlap the content and generally clutter the page.


But it is so easy to turn them off – just add

\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}

before the beginning of the document and away they go!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2009 10:08 am

    Yes, lose those navigation symbols! I won’t be using beamer, rather the Mac’s keynote, just to be different…

  2. March 10, 2010 6:26 am

    Thanks for the hint Gordon–they looked especially silly on the one-page recap slides I’ve made for some of my linear algebra lectures!

  3. Michael Giudici permalink
    May 20, 2011 8:13 pm

    I was at a talk via the access grid today by Chris Banks at Newcastle. The slides were projected onto a smartboard and he used the beamer navigation symbols!!

  4. May 20, 2011 10:56 pm

    To do what?

    • Michael Giudici permalink
      May 21, 2011 9:32 pm

      He pressed on one to move to the next slide.

  5. August 15, 2011 6:13 am

    but how do i include them? I have a template from my Uni that doesn’t have them.

  6. August 15, 2011 6:15 am

    but how do i include them? I have a template from my Uni that doesn’t have them.
    I SOLVED THIS BY UNCOMMENTING setbeamertemplate

  7. October 19, 2013 6:16 am

    How do you lose the space produced by the navigation symbols? E.g. in the Dresden template?

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