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Beamers shrink is evil, but I want to use it on my notes-pages. (As a reminder: shrink automatically reduces the font-size so that all text fits on a slide). I use \note as a separate command after each frame (I prefer that to inline notes). Sometimes there is too much text to fit on the notes-page. Is there a way to shrink the text on the notes-page?

\documentclass[12pt]{beamer}
\setbeameroption{show only notes}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}{A frame}
With not so much text
\end{frame}

\note{\begin{itemize}
\item Instead,
\item I
\item Have
\item A
\item Lot
\item I
\item Want
\item To
\item Say
\item And
\item Explain
\end{itemize}
}
\end{document}

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If there is no way to do this, plan B may be to reduce the font size for all \note-pages. But not for the slides themselves!

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If this is the particular example only related to items then replacing the \note{\begin{itemize} line with \note{\begin{itemize}\addtolength{\itemsep}{-0.5\baselineskip} shrinks it. But can't say I understood what your goal is. Put two identical frames if you like to have extra note space without incrementing the page number. It would be virtually invisible. I think it's much better than squeezing the efficiency on one page. –  percusse Dec 16 '11 at 10:59
    
Some of my notes have more text than others. For most of my notes, all the text fits with normalsize, some need small for all to fit, some need footprintsize, etc. In reality I have a frame consisting of many slides; how would putting two identical frames (you mean \againframe?) be virtually invisible? I don't understand. –  gerrit Dec 16 '11 at 12:42
    
What I mean is that if you have limited space for notes for each slide, then repeating the same slide would give you extra space and \againframe is one such option such that you can fill up the extra portion of the notes to that new space. It is of course a suggestion but seems natural to me although I might have misunderstood the whole problem. –  percusse Dec 16 '11 at 12:54
    
The notes are not on the slide. I generate a completely different document with \beameroption{show only notes} that I use when I practice the presentation. I have one note page for each frame. This is nothing that the audience will see, so \againframe seems strange for me to use. It`s only for myself and only while practicing. –  gerrit Dec 16 '11 at 13:12
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A note page isn't implemented as a normal beamer frame, but typeset using its own code which can be found in beamerbasenotes.sty (cf. \beamer@outsideframenote, ll. 59-103). Therefore, using normal frame options like shrink or allowframebreaks isn't possible. –  diabonas Apr 6 '12 at 20:52

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A note page isn't implemented as a normal beamer frame, but typeset using its own code which can be found in beamerbasenotes.sty (cf. \beamer@outsideframenote, ll. 59-103). Therefore, using normal frame options like shrink or allowframebreaks isn't possible.

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