Beamer class: question and comment

Rich Shepard rshepard at
Sat May 16 20:54:38 UTC 2020

I hope you're all healthy, productive, and safe and you stay this way.


After years of beamer presentations with different looks I've decided on one
that I'll use for all future presentations. How do I save this format and
structure (stripped of presentation-specific content) as a default template
for all my future beamer documents?


A just-completed presentation has 6 images in it. The first two share their
frames with text so I used columns and two individual columns per frame with
the image on the left and the text on the right. This worked just fine.

But, the next 4 images are large and each occupies an entire frame by
itself. I inserted the first one, tweaked the size and position, and used
alt-p/shift-enter to create a new frame environment. But, nothing happened;
no new frame. I looked in the beamer manual but the word 'image' appears
only once and in reference to using overlays.

After much futzing I discovered a solution. When I defined a new frame
environment I inserted an itemize environment, then immediately created a
new, following frame. With the latter patiently waiting I inserted the image
in the first new frame, set its size and position, then moved to the next
frame that was created before inserting the image.

I hesitate to call this a bug because I don't know if there's a way I've
missed to insert only an image in a frame then create a new frame after that
other than what I did.



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