Looking to fully customize the bottom left of all of my slides in LyX. I have three authors and it is trying to fit all of our full names while I want is "X et al. (Institution)" or just "X et al."


LastName1, FirstName1\\
\texttt{[email protected]}
LastName2, FirstName2\\
\texttt{[email protected]}
LastName3, FirstName3\\
\texttt{[email protected]}


  • Use the so called "short" author: \author[short version]{long version} (see section 3.3 Title Material on the manual). I'm sure we have already at least one answer on this, but I can not find any now. Nov 12, 2013 at 16:39
  • @Claudio Fiandrino Thanks, how is this incorporated in LyX? Also, how can I make the short author be my last name + et al?
    – Chris J
    Nov 12, 2013 at 16:54
  • Right click on the author --> Short author. Just write Yourname et al. Nov 12, 2013 at 17:24
  • @TorbjørnT. Perfect, this answers it
    – Chris J
    Nov 12, 2013 at 18:40

1 Answer 1


Claudio provided the real answer -- using the 'short version' of the author, added as an optional argument to the \author command, i.e. \author[short version]{long version}. In LyX you can add this by right clicking the author and selecting Short author. In the box that show up, write your short version, e.g. Yourname et al.

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