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I want beamer to automatically split my text over multiple frames (as many as is required) while retaining the format of the specified number of multicolumns (in this case 3). I do not want to have to specify the column width that is why i have used "multicols." I found the question entitled Allow theorem split in many frames in beamer but this question is unique to the multicol environment.

\documentclass[gray]{beamer}
\usetheme{default}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}[allowframebreaks]{Example Frame}
\begin{multicols}{3} \small\raggedright
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\end{multicols}
\end{frame}
\end{document}
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How much of the frame structure do you need?

This for example more or less works

%\begin{frame}[allowframebreaks]{Example Frame}
  \begin{multicols}{3}[Example Frame] 
.....
\end{multicols}
%\end{frame}

In that it makes something that looks like a two slide presentation with three columns on each slide and a title on the first page. But it isn't a frame to beamer, so its interaction with other beamer features will be different.

  • I need the frame structure, for example I have a table of frame titles (toc) that would be redundant if I did not retain the frame structure. – jacob Apr 11 '13 at 23:47
  • @jacob well that's why I asked how much, it's easy enough to write to a toc file (and format the title to match a real frame title) But if you wanted to fake all beamer's overlay stuff and have multicolumn automatic page breaking on the same slide that would get hard very quickly. – David Carlisle Apr 11 '13 at 23:50
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    Yes I understand but I do want both of those things. You are right, I would rather not have to "fake all beamer's overlay stuff" but that was the suggested solution for getting frame titles into the TOC so I just followed it. I am open to other solutions and would like to find a way of using multicols and allowframebreaks in the frame structure. – jacob Apr 13 '13 at 1:13
  • Is there an alternative to the frame structure? – jacob Apr 13 '13 at 2:34

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