As per How to Remove Footers of LaTeX Beamer Templates?, I can replace default footer with page numbers as follows:

%gets rid of bottom navigation bars
\setbeamertemplate{footline}[frame number]{}

%gets rid of navigation symbols
\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}

But this is still unsatisfactory to me. I would like to completely remove the footer in some cases.

For instance, when I use the draft option, the footer will be opaque and completely covered. If some bullet points end up in that region, even partly, they can't be visible then.

So how can I completely remove the footer in Beamer presentations?

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As it turns out, to get a completely blank bottom of a Beamer document you need to do this:

%gets rid of bottom navigation bars
\setbeamertemplate{footline}[frame number]{}

%gets rid of bottom navigation symbols
\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}

%gets rid of footer
%will override 'frame number' instruction above
%comment out to revert to previous/default definitions

Now the Beamer footer is squeaky-blank, and when compiling using the draft option absolutely nothing encumbers the bottom part of the document. When removing the draft option for final compilation, you can comment out this last line to revert to previous definitions or to defaults.

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    You do not need the first line, if you have set the whole footline to {}. And for the second one there is a command: \beamertemplatenavigationsymbolsempty disables the navigation symbols.
    – allo
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 15:13

In a similar fashion, you can use \setbeamertemplate{footline}[page number] to replace the footer line in all the slides with a simple slide count. If you want to keep the footer, but remove the header instead, simply use \setbeamertemplate{headline}. These have to do with the outer theme infoline in the beamer. If you don't use or comment the \useoutertheme{infolines} in the corresponding .sty file, both are removed.

No header in the slides, but footer is present

Code for this:

\mode<presentation> {

\usecolortheme{AbhiGreen} % this is my custom theme, you can use yours
\setbeamertemplate{headline} % this is the line/code you need to add to get rid of header


\title[short title]{title}
\author{Abhinav Sinha}
\institute[IITB]{Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai), India \\
\texttt{[email protected]}}


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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Can you give a little more details and include a minimal working example to show that this works?
    – user30471
    Commented Sep 20, 2018 at 4:01
  • Sure. From landroni's answer, replace footline with headline and you get something like the one in the edited answer.
    – Scholar
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 10:35

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