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I actually like the bullets shown when using \useoutertheme{miniframes}, but for the long talk I have to give there are just ridiculously many.

too many bullets

Is it possible to keep the same theme and just removing the bullets, and then displaying slide numbers instead?

Here is a minimal example:

\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}
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Note: Cross post with LaTeX Community because of urgent question. latex-community.org/forum/… –  Ingo May 3 '11 at 19:31
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You can modify the headline. For example:

\setbeamertemplate{headline}
{%
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[ht=3.5ex,dp=1.125ex,%
      leftskip=.3cm,rightskip=.3cm plus1fil]{section in head/foot}
    \usebeamerfont{section in head/foot}\usebeamercolor[fg]{section in head/foot}%
    \insertsectionhead
  \end{beamercolorbox}%
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[colsep=1.5pt]{middle separation line head}
  \end{beamercolorbox}
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[ht=2.5ex,dp=1.125ex,%
    leftskip=.3cm,rightskip=.3cm plus1fil]{subsection in head/foot}
    \usebeamerfont{subsection in head/foot}\insertsubsectionhead
  \end{beamercolorbox}%
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[colsep=1.5pt]{lower separation line head}
  \end{beamercolorbox}
}

This is very similar to miniframes headline but it uses \insertsectionhead instead of \insertnavigation which includes those bullets.

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Awesome, that is almost perfect. Thanks a lot at this point already. But it is it also possible to show all sections in the top bar, with the current one being highlighted? –  Ingo May 4 '11 at 7:48
    
Okay, I figured out how: \insertsectionnavigationhorizontal{\textwidth}{}{}, maybe you can include this in your answer, although it is not aligned to the left and right to match the sub-section properly. Any idea? –  Ingo May 4 '11 at 7:58
    
I get the rigth text, but it occupies the same height that the bullet version, with a white space in top? any idea why? –  Zhen Oct 14 '12 at 20:26
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