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More or less what it says on the tin: I want something like:

\frame{\somecounterforpagenumbers : My Title}

I assume there is a built in counter that I can reference here, but I'm not sure what it is.

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The counter you are looking for is framenumber – Corentin Oct 24 '12 at 7:29
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You are looking for the command \insertframenumber, the corresponding counter is called framenumber:


% manually increase the frame number
% display frame number in the frame title
\begin{frame}{\insertframenumber{}: First frame, or is it?}
Some text here\dots
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Yep, that seems to be it. Might be worth updating to incorporate Corentin's comment, since the counter itself is called framenumber, in case one wants to manipulate its state. Thanks! – John Doucette Oct 24 '12 at 7:44
Please see my updated answer! – hakaze Oct 24 '12 at 7:53
Looks good! Thanks again! – John Doucette Oct 24 '12 at 7:54

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