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When creating presentations in beamer, those little symbols that you can click on and will take you to different parts of your presentation are automatically included on your slides.

I don't like that, but decided not to try and change it for now. The problem is that when I gave my presentation to my supervisor to revise, the first thing he did was cross the symbols out in red, meaning: take this out!

What should I do? Is there an easy command to get rid of those symbols or do I have to change the theme of my presentation to get rid of the symbols?

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I'm almost tempted to say "get a better supervisor" ;-) –  David Z Jul 30 '10 at 20:53
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While I'd agree that the navigation symbols aren't really what @Vivi was likely to want feedback on, I must commend her supervisor for his aesthetic sense. –  vanden Jul 30 '10 at 21:16
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Haha!!! As I said, I wanted to get rid of the symbols anyway, I just thought I shouldn't be spending too much time on aesthetics at that point. My supervisor is excellent, the most knowledgeable in the department, and I think his "being fussy" with these little things make him an even better supervisor! And vanden, he did give me all sorts of feedback, from aesthetics, to structure of the presentation, contents, etc, and he even wrote all the comments himself as he was making them to me in person! –  Vivi Jul 30 '10 at 21:29
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Supervisor's right! 99% of the time, those symbols are only good for advertising your use of beamer. –  JeffE Aug 16 '10 at 5:58

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In addition to Michael's way, there is the slightly different

\beamertemplatenavigationsymbolsempty

that I've been using in my preambles.

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I like this option better :) –  Vivi Jul 30 '10 at 21:07
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Michael's answer uses a general mechanism, and generality is good. But, I do like this one for its self-documentation. –  vanden Jul 30 '10 at 21:14

It can be done with one quick command! Just put

\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}

before your \begin{document} to clear the navigation symbols.

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