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I've got a motivation slide preceding my table of contents slide. So when I show the audience the structure of the remainder of my talk I'd like the \tableofcontents to show the motivation slide in gray. The motivation slide is not in the same section environment as the toc slide (and all the following slides).

Is there a way to do that?

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If I understand the question correctly, \tableofcontents[currentsection] (Beamer User Guide, section 10.5) is critical here. The first two frames are shown below, the remaining two frames aren't really relevant.

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\section{Motivation} % may be removed, not sure if you really need a section for this or not.
\begin{frame}[plain] % could make it a normal frame, too.
Here's a motivation slide

\section{Main Contents}

\subsection{A Subsection}
Something for the subsection

\subsection{Another Subsection}
Something for the next subsection

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Thanks, you really helped me out! I used your solution a bit differently though: I put the motivation in a section, the outline in an unumbered section (\section*) and the remainder as is. But used two parts to split everything following the outline from the outline and everything preceeding it. Then, I used the following two commands to create the outline: \tableofcontents[currentsection]\tableofcontents[part=2] – Mike M. Jan 13 '12 at 16:12

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