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I've asked this on SO and didn't get a good answer, so I'm reposting it here.


I've been using the beamer class to create presentations in LaTeX and I love it. Recently I started using the \note command to add notes to my handout so that I have a printed version with some pointers to remind myself of things I want to say in the lecture.
I have a problem with the longer lines in the notes environment as they seems to spill out of the right end of the page without formatting correctly. I don't know if this is so for a reason, but in any case, I would like to find out how to change it. Clearly, I do not want to change the width of the text everywhere, only in the note environment.

Here is a minimal example:

\documentclass[beamer]{beamer}
\title{An example of itemize in notes not working in beamer}
\usetheme{Boadilla}
\setbeameroption{show notes}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
$$  e^{i\pi}+1=0$$
\end{frame}
\note[itemize]{
\item At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blandiis pra
}
\end{document}

which results in: alt text

Without the [itemize] option it works fine. If you put a \begin{itemize}...\end{itemize} environment manually the result is the same.

Any ideas?

Thanks

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I've isolated the problem down to the infolines outer theme and specifically the line:

\setbeamersize{text margin left=1em,text margin right=1em}

towards the end. What seems to be happening is that the note templates aren't quite configured correctly with regard to changing the margins. Some length that the itemize environment uses to figure out its width is not getting set correctly when using notes. As I've not much idea which lengths these are, and which beamer mucks about with, I've not much of an idea as to how to properly fix this.

However, I have a way to improperly fix this. What I found was that by putting the note within a minipage environment of the right width worked. That reset all the correct widths to the right ones without my having to know any of the 'orrible details! Of course, that's a bit annoying to put in every time so it's possible to force it by modifying the beamer template for the notes page. Copying out the default one, and adding the necessary lines, I arrived at:

\makeatletter
\defbeamertemplate{note page}{infolines}
{%
  {%
    \scriptsize
    \insertvrule{.25\paperheight}{white!90!black}
    \vskip-.25\paperheight
    \nointerlineskip
    \vbox{
      \hfill\insertslideintonotes{0.25}\hskip-\Gm@rmargin\hskip0pt%
      \vskip-0.25\paperheight%
      \nointerlineskip
      \begin{pgfpicture}{0cm}{0cm}{0cm}{0cm}
        \begin{pgflowlevelscope}{\pgftransformrotate{90}}
          {\pgftransformshift{\pgfpoint{-2cm}{0.2cm}}%
          \pgftext[base,left]{\footnotesize\the\year-\ifnum\month<10\relax0\fi\the\month-\ifnum\day<10\relax0\fi\the\day}}
        \end{pgflowlevelscope}
      \end{pgfpicture}}
    \nointerlineskip
    \vbox to .25\paperheight{\vskip0.5em
      \hbox{\insertshorttitle[width=8cm]}%
      \setbox\beamer@tempbox=\hbox{\insertsection}%
      \hbox{\ifdim\wd\beamer@tempbox>1pt{\hskip4pt\raise3pt\hbox{\vrule
            width0.4pt height7pt\vrule width 9pt
            height0.4pt}}\hskip1pt\hbox{\begin{minipage}[t]{7.5cm}\def\breakhere{}\insertsection\end{minipage}}\fi%
      }%
      \setbox\beamer@tempbox=\hbox{\insertsubsection}%
      \hbox{\ifdim\wd\beamer@tempbox>1pt{\hskip17.4pt\raise3pt\hbox{\vrule
            width0.4pt height7pt\vrule width 9pt
            height0.4pt}}\hskip1pt\hbox{\begin{minipage}[t]{7.5cm}\def\breakhere{}\insertsubsection\end{minipage}}\fi%
      }%
      \setbox\beamer@tempbox=\hbox{\insertshortframetitle}%
      \hbox{\ifdim\wd\beamer@tempbox>1pt{\hskip30.8pt\raise3pt\hbox{\vrule
            width0.4pt height7pt\vrule width 9pt
            height0.4pt}}\hskip1pt\hbox{\insertshortframetitle[width=7cm]}\fi%
      }%
      \vfil}%
  }%
  \vskip.25em
  \nointerlineskip
  \begin{minipage}{\textwidth} % this is an addition
  \insertnote
  \end{minipage}               % this is an addition
}
\makeatother

\setbeamertemplate{note page}[infolines]

and that seemed to work fine!

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Sweet! Hats off Andrew! –  Yossi Farjoun Aug 10 '10 at 14:24
    
BTW, does this mean it is a bug that should be submitted to the Beamer dev team? –  Yossi Farjoun Aug 10 '10 at 14:25
    
@Yossi Farjoun: I'd consider mentioning it to them, yes. –  Andrew Stacey Aug 10 '10 at 14:50
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Well, Two of the main developers are users here...but I'll submit a bug report. –  Yossi Farjoun Aug 10 '10 at 16:20
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In case you want to correct the right margin of note pages in "plain" style:

\makeatletter
\defbeamertemplate{note page}{plain2}
{
  \vskip.25em
  \nointerlineskip
  \begin{minipage}{\textwidth} % this is an addition
  \insertnote
  \end{minipage}               % this is an addition
}
\makeatother

\setbeamertemplate{note page}[plain2]
\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen}
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Welcome to TeX.SX! –  cmhughes Jun 9 '13 at 20:34
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