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Suppose I prepare a talk using the beamer class. To each slide I want to add personal notes (detailing what I exactly want to say, frequently asked questions etc.). So is there a smart way to write those notes into the same file and get a nice printed version of my slides with my personal comments (of course the presentation itself should be without those notes)?

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also note the question about how to display those best, in tex.stackexchange.com/q/84622/33322 - the answer there being pdfpc – anarcat Feb 10 at 22:40
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You are interested in the \note command. Please refer to Section 19 Adding Notes for Yourself of the beamer manual.

A little example (taken from the manual):


%\setbeameroption{show notes} un-comment to see the notes



  \item<1-> Eggs
  \item<2-> Plants
    \note[item]<2>{Tell joke about plants.}
    \note[item]<2>{Make it short.}
  \item<3-> Animals



To print the note pages without hints or fancy settings, you can use the plain option for the note page template:

\setbeamertemplate{note page}[plain]
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Thanks. How to make a nice printable version (with notes) out of this? – student Mar 17 '12 at 21:11
Sorry, I was not precise enough: By printable version I meant especially to replace the grey background at the top of the sheet containing the notes by a box or something else which doesn't need so much ink... – student Mar 17 '12 at 22:01
@student: ah, OK. See my updated answer. – Gonzalo Medina Mar 17 '12 at 22:09
How do I get this in emacs orgmode? – Aaron Hall Aug 5 '15 at 22:25
@AaronHall I don't use emacs. Feel free to open a new question. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 5 '15 at 22:27

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