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In the following minimal example, the title bar saying "Test frame" has a blue background:

\documentclass[compress, final]{beamer}
    \usetheme[height=0mm]{Rochester}
    \usecolortheme{dolphin}
    \useinnertheme{rectangles}
    \useoutertheme[footline=empty, subsection=true]{miniframes}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}{Test frame}
    \begin{block}<+->{Block}
        Beamer is cool
    \end{block}
\end{frame}

\end{document}

In my opinion, it really makes the slide look "heavy". How can I remove the background color?

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\setbeamercolor*{frametitle}{bg=white}

put it into the preamble before \begin{document}

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I'd rather use \setbeamercolor{frametitle}{bg=} as this also works if the background canvas has a color other than white. – diabonas May 2 '11 at 15:09

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