# Beamer interaction remove footline [duplicate]

Can anyone explain why the MWE below is bad? When I compile it, there is no footline on the first page!?!

I use the <+> and <+-> in order to not having to explicitly having to specify the various overlays.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{fix-cm}
\usetheme{Copenhagen}
\author{Author}
\institute{Department}
\title{Title}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\frametitle{Frame title}

\begin{onlyenv}<+>
Overlay 1, just one
\end{onlyenv}

\begin{onlyenv}<+->
Overlay 2

\onslide<+->

more text
\end{onlyenv}
\end{frame}
\end{document}


## marked as duplicate by Zarko, Troy, ChrisS, TeXnician, Stefan PinnowSep 15 '17 at 4:28

• It's something with the inclusion or exclusion of \onslide<+->, at least. – Mike Renfro Jul 24 '15 at 12:34
• I know, remove it and the footline appears again. – daleif Jul 24 '15 at 12:35
• Add braces around {more text}, and it seems to fix it. – Mike Renfro Jul 24 '15 at 12:36
• Doesn't for me (and would be a strange fix), I still have no footer on overlay 1 – daleif Jul 24 '15 at 12:41

Understanding this requires a subtle reading of the beamer manual. (Note: this is Till's text, not mine!) For beamer 3.36, on page 80 one finds the description of \onslide. The given syntax is

\onslide⟨modifier⟩<⟨overlay specification⟩>{⟨text⟩}


where the {⟨text⟩} argument is optional. There is then detail of what happens if there is no {⟨text⟩}, and importantly

You need not call this command in the same TeX group, its effect transcends block groups.

That's important because you've said \onslide<+->, which in the example means <2->. What then happens is that this applies to everything on the frame after this point, including the picture environment used to draw the footer! Not all footer-like elements follow (internally) at the end of the frame, so things like the navigation symbols survive.

If you use the optional {⟨text⟩} then \onslide behaves like \uncover, which does obey groupings.

• The fact that beamer uses TikZ internally in a lot of places makes things a bit 'interesting'! – Joseph Wright Jul 24 '15 at 15:17