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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    Nov 26, 2014 at 23:59

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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.


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

Stuff that appears in both beamer and handout mode
Stuff that appears only in handout mode

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  • 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.
    – Jhonny
    Nov 29, 2014 at 8:45

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