I was wondering what's the appropriate way to add a footnote to a LaTeX beamer presentation, because I am trying \footnote and it's not showing the footnote. It shows the number but no footnote.

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    Please provide a MWE that duplicates your problem. Also include any references to your preamble and the packages you include with regard to your \footnote command.
    – Werner
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 2:51
  • More specifically, the Beamer manual says "You can use the usual \footnote command." (p. 130) That is, there is no known incompatibility between a footnote and beamer. So you will need to show your document as an example (as Werner says) in order for people to diagnose why this functionality is not working for you.
    – Aaron
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 3:49

4 Answers 4


Here is one way of adding a footnote to a beamer presentation. By means of a minimal working example:

\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum
\usepackage{hanging}% http://ctan.org/pkg/hanging
  \lipsum*[1]\footnote{Here is a footnote}

Footnote in beamer

See p 131 of the beamer package documentation.

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    \footnote[frame] {} would be a little more easy don't you think?
    – user13878
    Commented Apr 24, 2012 at 10:40

Turning the comment from @user13878 into an answer:

\footnote[frame]{Here is a footnote}

This has the advantage of simplicity and compatibility with \beamertemplatenavigationsymbolsempty.


Further tuning of the comment of @user13878, the [frame] option of \footnote can be set as default option using


In fact I'm not so expert to write the above sentences. I could wrote them by modifying this solution of David Carlisle. Anyway, they worked perfectly with me.

  • This is great for LyX users, as it allows using the built-in interface for footnotes with word-processor type formatting rather than having to enter TEX code.
    – Andreas
    Commented Dec 17, 2015 at 21:33

If you are using a package called setspace then footnotes will not show on beamer. Try doing:

\footnote[frame,1]{My footnote}

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