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Given the following minimal example of my presentation



\title{Nice talk}




\frame{ \frametitle{state of the art}

some explanation



\frame{ \frametitle{results obtained}

some results 



I wonder what is the name of the box that appears above all slides (Table of contents?) and how can I remove it completely on this case (without changing the style -colors, etc-)

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Delete the line \usepackage{beamerthemeshadow}. It will change the style but remove the top box. – N.N. Aug 30 '11 at 12:40
No, because I really like that style – flow Aug 30 '11 at 12:45
Another ugly hack would be to add the plain option to every frame, i.e. to replace every occurrence of \frame{ with \frame[plain]{. – N.N. Aug 30 '11 at 12:49
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It is often called the navigation bar or headline bar.

You can remove it by tweaking the specified theme (e.g. try adding


after selecting the theme - see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3183258/how-to-get-rid-of-navigation-bars-in-beamer for more discussion on this) or you could consider a different theme that does not have this by default (see sites that show sample themes (e.g. http://www.pletscher.org/writings/latex/beamerthemes.php or themes of presentations you like and also the beamer user guide)

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