I've made my own beamer theme to provide my some resources. I have this code so far:



% Command for including frame number in the format #
\newcommand{\framenumber} {



    \multiply\@tempdimb by\beamer@sectionmax%
    \multiply\@tempdimb by\beamer@subsectionmax%
    \advance\@tempdimb by 1.825ex%
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.5\paperwidth,ht=\@tempdimb]{section in head/foot}%
      \vbox to\@tempdimb{\vfil\insertsectionnavigation{.5\paperwidth}\vfil}%
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.5\paperwidth,ht=\@tempdimb]{subsection in head/foot}%
      \vbox to\@tempdimb{\vfil\insertsubsectionnavigation{.5\paperwidth}\vfil}%

% Command to specify two logos
\setbeamertemplate{sidebar left}{
\setbeamertemplate{sidebar right}{% 

This gives me something like this:

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I would like to show bullets for each frame of a section in the black side of the headline, aligned with the section title. I'm not using the \subsection command, so I'm also setting, in the begin of the beamer tex file:


However, I can't see any navigation bullet so far.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

1 Answer 1


Have a look at section 8.2.4 of the beamer manual which says:

Inside this template, the following inserts are useful:

  • \insertslidenavigationsymbol Inserts the slide navigation symbols, that is, the slide symbols (a rectangle) together with arrows to the left and right that are hyperlinked.
  • \insertframenavigationsymbol Inserts the frame navigation symbol.
  • \insertsubsectionnavigationsymbol Inserts the subsection navigation symbol.
  • \insertsectionnavigationsymbol Inserts the section navigation symbol.
  • \insertdocnavigationsymbol Inserts the presentation navigation symbol and (if necessary) the ap- pendix navigation symbol.
  • \insertbackfindforwardnavigationsymbol Inserts a back, a find, and a forward navigation symbol.

For example, you can use:

\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{\insertslidenavigationsymbol}
  • I'm not completely sure this answers the question. My feeling is that the OP is looking for miniframes, something close to Show miniframes with split outer themes. Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 6:42
  • Yes, this is what I want, @ClaudioFiandrino. But I should like to show mini frames for each section in vertical lines. I couldn't adapted the solution that you presented, however. :/
    – pceccon
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 16:14

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