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

\documentclass[compress, final]{beamer}
    \useoutertheme[footline=empty, subsection=true]{miniframes}


\begin{frame}{Test frame}
        Beamer is cool


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

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

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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