I want to exclude a whole section of my beamer presentation in the handout version. Frames and content can be hidden using the overlay specifier <handout:0>. But how do I hide the \section to not have an empty chapter in the table of contents and bookmarks? \mode<beamer>{\section{Section}} works, but how do I specify that it should not only be visible in beamer mode but in all modes apart from handout?

  • could you comment it?
    – Tawei
    Oct 29, 2013 at 16:56
  • Obviously, the section is gone when commented. But the section should be only hidden in handout mode and still be visible with all slides belonging to it in other modes.
    – XZS
    Oct 29, 2013 at 16:59
  • so could you consider to edit the TOC entry directly? but this method is not wise, I admit that.
    – Tawei
    Oct 29, 2013 at 17:01
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    see if enclosing the entire section in \only<beamer>{...} works (you need to compile twice)
    – d-cmst
    Oct 29, 2013 at 17:02
  • Thanks for fixing my wording error. There is no mode presentation. \only<beamer> works as well as \mode<beamer>. But now how to specify all modes apart from handout?
    – XZS
    Oct 29, 2013 at 17:10

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The following exclude the section from handout mode:





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