Is it possible to compile only beamer notes without slides?

For practice I only wanted print the notes but I could not find any way to do so.

2 Answers 2


You can use

\setbeameroption{show only notes}
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    My slides typically may have overlays, but the speaking notes never do. I find it useful to have \documentclass[handout]\setbeameroption{show only notes} as a one-line commented out option. Feb 2, 2015 at 17:53

I always have the following three on my slides:


Then I comment or uncomment them according to my needs. As should be clear, the last one prints only notes, whereas the others print everything and no notes respectively.

  • Thanks! It was so easy. I don't know how I missed it. :)
    – joon
    Jun 9, 2011 at 4:03
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    The document option notes is obsolete and issues a warning when used. Instead, you should use \setbeameroption{show notes}/\setbeameroption{hide notes}/\setbeameroption{show only notes}, as Gonzalo suggested.
    – diabonas
    Apr 6, 2012 at 19:40

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