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I am on the way to create/customize a beamer template. Therefore I read the relevant chapters in the beameruserguide.

I think I understood the basic idea behind the theme setup and the use of the \setbeamer***{}{} commands.

There is always spoken of some beamer element. Yes, there are some examples, what could be used as these elements, but I do not see a list of all relevant elements reachable by default.

Also some commands seems not to be documented in the user manual (I did not find for example \beamertemplatenavigationsymbolsempty).

Where are such things documented or is there only a learning by doing way to understand things (in dozens of years)?

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An unhappy answer is to look through the beamer.cls and its various .sty files. –  A.Ellett Feb 24 '13 at 16:40
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\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{} is in the manual (page 72), \beamertemplatenavigationsymbolsempty is probably old code that is not documented anymore. I'm working on my own template as well, googling was the best way for me to find out about certain things. –  Uwe Ziegenhagen Feb 24 '13 at 16:56
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Try the cheat sheet described in tex.stackexchange.com/questions/85439/… –  Thérèse Feb 24 '13 at 17:31
    
you can find the code for the themes in /usr/local/texlive/2012/texmf-dist/tex/latex/beamer/themes/theme/ –  cmhughes Feb 24 '13 at 18:36
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There's no easy way.

You can find the code for the themes in /.../tex/latex/beamer/themes/theme/ (/usr/local/texlive/2012/texmf-dist/tex/latex/beamer/themes/theme/)

\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{} is in the manual (page 72), \beamertemplatenavigationsymbolsempty is probably old code that is not documented anymore.

Or try the cheat sheet described in Custom headline in LaTeX Beamer?

As a last resort, you can look through the beamer.cls and its various .sty files.

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