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I am looking for someone who has read the lengthy Beamer manual.

Using \maketitle

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\end{document}

versus using \titlepage

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\titlepage
\end{frame}
\end{document}

What is the difference between \maketitle and \titlepage in Beamer?

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You did read page 93 of the manual, didn't you? –  lockstep Aug 21 '12 at 11:49
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It's quite pragmatic to read the manual. –  percusse Aug 21 '12 at 11:52
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no, you are searching for one who had read the manual ... –  Herbert Aug 21 '12 at 11:53
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@Herbert: Yes. This is the correct comment. –  Oh my ghost Aug 21 '12 at 11:55
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One could open the PDF, search for "\maketitle" and arrive at page 93 straight away. –  lockstep Aug 21 '12 at 12:09

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In beamerbasetitle.sty one finds

%
%
% The \maketitle command (for compatibility with other classes)
%
%
\def\maketitle{\ifbeamer@inframe\titlepage\else\frame{\titlepage}\fi}

and

\def\titlepage{\usebeamertemplate*{title page}\@thanks}

so \maketitle is basically \titlepage but adding a \frame if necessary, and it is provided for compatibility.

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One thing perhaps worth noting is that \maketitle outside a frame is ignored if the ignorenonframetext option is set since it is not explicitly inside a frame. –  Loop Space Sep 13 '12 at 9:17

Only the second one allow you to use \includeonlyframes{current} keeping the title.

\begin{frame}[label=current]
\titlepage
\end{frame}
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Welcome to TeX.sx! A tip: You can use backticks ` to mark your inline code as I did in my edit. –  hpesoj626 Nov 25 '12 at 22:52

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