# Mark handout slides in beamer package

For my presentation I am using the beamer package. I added frames that include my personal notes that only appear when I am compiling with the handout-option.

On this handout I would like to include a sign on each slide that indicates whether it is being shown in the presentation (when compiled with the presentation mode) or not so that I have a quick overview when I am looking at my printed handout. Such a sign could be a bold "B" in the top right corner.

How do I implement this?

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I use the following approach with my lecture notes. Create a command called \markslide, which uses some symbol of your choice. Then, place \only<0|handout:N>{\markslide} at the beginning of \frametitle{}. The first 0 tells beamer to hide the contents of \only{} from beamer mode, while the handout:N part tells beamer to display the contents of \only{} on slide #N within a frame.

\documentclass[handout]{beamer}
\usetheme{Copenhagen}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{textcomp}

\newcommand{\markslide}{\textreferencemark} % requires textcomp package

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\frametitle{\only<0|handout:2>{\markslide}Title}
\only<1|handout:1>{%
Stuff that appears in both beamer and handout mode
}
\only<0|handout:2>{%
Stuff that appears only in handout mode
}
\end{frame}
\end{document}


• Thank you, this works like a charm! For some reason I couldn't adapt it into my existing presentation such that I had to build it from scratch again; eventually it worked out though. Nov 29 '14 at 8:45