# Beamer note page: Reduce left margin

I am using the beamer notes, but to my mind, the left margin is a bit too large since it reduces the usable space significantly. Is it possible to reduce this?

Here is my code:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{pgfpages}
\setbeamertemplate{note page}[compact]
\setbeameroption{second mode text on second screen=left}
\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen}

\begin{document}

\section{bla}
\begin{frame}{bla}
Some text.
\note[item]{This is a note item}
\note{only text note}
\end{frame}

\end{document}


And here a picture with the margin I mean marked in red

You can use the commands \AtBeginNote and \AtEndNote to modify this behavior.

For normal notes you can add some negative space at the beginning, e.g. \hspace*{-10pt}, while for the others you have to modify itemize-specific lengths. For example you can issue a \addtolength\leftmargini{-10pt} at the beginning and \addtolength\leftmargini{10pt} at the end so to restore the normal behavior.

In other words, you can add the following lines to achieve what you want

\AtBeginNote{\hspace*{-10pt}\addtolength\leftmargini{-10pt}}


MWE:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{pgfpages}
\setbeamertemplate{note page}[compact]
\setbeameroption{second mode text on second screen=left}
\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen}

\begin{document}
\section{bla}
\begin{frame}{bla}
Some text.
\note[item]{This is a note item}
\note{only text note}
\end{frame}

\section{bla}
\begin{frame}{bla}
Some text.
\note[item]{This is a note item}
\note{only text note}
\end{frame}
\end{document}


You can notice the difference in consecutive frames:

Of course, in your document, place those two lines at the beginning.

• Thanks for your reply! But I think \addtolength\leftmargini{-10pt}´ applies to all itemize environments also on normal slides right? Is there any way to apply it only to the note pages? Feb 16, 2014 at 12:04
• @bonanza Answer edited. Now they apply only to notes and not to all itemize environments. Feb 16, 2014 at 12:23
• @bonanza Does it work fine now? Feb 17, 2014 at 8:58
• thanks for your work! in the MWE it works, but unfortunately in my real case, I am using "\setbeamertemplate{itemize/enumerate body begin}{\setlength{\leftmargini}{0.5cm}}" in the preamble and this seems to break it again. Do have a guess why? thanks!! Feb 18, 2014 at 5:41
• @bonanza Replacing that line with \setbeamertemplate{itemize/enumerate body begin}{\addtolength\leftmargini{-7.5pt}}` should work. Feb 18, 2014 at 5:54