I understand that in beamer environment I can have some presenter's notes by adding

\setbeameroption{show notes} 

and put all my notes in \note{blah blah ...}. It will give me a note page with grey background and a header. I want to know if I can change the background color, e.g. to white?

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To add to @TorbjornT.'s answer, the Beamer color template defines three elements for specifying colors of the note page: note page, note title, and note date, where

  • note page defines the background and foreground colors of the note page
  • note title defines the colors for the "title bar" of the note page
  • note date defines the colors for the date entry

The default settings are

\setbeamercolor{note page}{bg=white!90!black, fg=black}
\setbeamercolor{note title}{bg=white!80!black, fg=black}
\setbeamercolor{note date}{parent=note title}

To change the background colors, simply redefine the colors of those elements.


\setbeameroption{show notes}

\setbeamercolor{note page}{bg=green}
\setbeamercolor{note title}{bg=red}
\setbeamercolor{note date}{fg=yellow}

\begin{frame}{frame title}
A frame.
\note{This is a note for presenter.}

Output (of note page)

enter image description here


This is a partial answer at least. The background of the text area (not the header) can be set with

\setbeamercolor{note page}{bg=white}

changing white to whatever color you like.

Another option is to change the template used for the note pages, plain is text on a white background, no header:

\setbeamertemplate{note page}{plain}

I haven't figured out how to keep the header and change its background colour. Minimal example.

\setbeameroption{show notes}
\setbeamercolor{note page}{bg=white}
% \setbeamertemplate{note page}{plain} 

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