I am making a presentation in beamer, and I want to display overview of the whole document at the beginning and overview of upcoming section. But I have too many sections and subsections, so the default table of contents gets too much crowded. I want to do either of two things:

1) Have the main table of contents that contains only section titles. (I know, I can use \setbeamertemplate{subsection in toc}{\ }. But it gives unnatural spacing). Also, have an expanded version of table of contents that expands only the current section into subsections. Note that I can gray-out the other subsections, but they still take up space, I don't want to do that.


2) Have the main table of content same as above. Also, a slide that contains only the section title expanded into subsections (without mention of other sections).

Also, I want these things to be automated, and I don't want to add a frame manually by myself when I start a new section, because there are so many sections and I may forget.

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If you opt for option 1. (showing only section titles), you could use hideallsubsections option which shows only sections. Maybe it will fix your spacing problem (you should have given a MWE to allow testing).

\frametitle{Table of Contents}

This option fits well with a presentation at every new section of its detailed contents. Here is a code for that (to put just after \begin{document} which use hideothersubections:

  \small \tableofcontents[currentsection, hideothersubsections]

If you opt for option 2. (having a big table of contents on several slides), you could decide to put only one section per slide:


You could also be interested in showing the whole table of contents on two columns. Here is an example:

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  \tableofcontents[sections={1-4},currentsection, hideothersubsections]

And there is the allowframebreaks option to display a classic talbe of contents on several slides:

  • This works! I just modified the second code to remove 'currectsection' to display other sections normally, rather than in grey. Just curious -- is there any option to completely hide the other sections rather than in grey?
    – taninamdar
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 18:42
  • Also, the bullets associated with the subsections in 'Outline' (second code) are no longer triangles - they reverted to the default ugly blue circles. Is there way to make them triangles?
    – taninamdar
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 18:43
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    To display only the current section and completely hide the other sections, use \tableofcontents[currentsection,sectionstyle=show/hide]. The first argument of sectionstyle is applied for the current section (show) and the second (hide) for the other.
    – ppr
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 18:57
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    I figured \tableofcontents[sections = \thesection] works too! :-)
    – taninamdar
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 18:58
  • To change bullets associated with the subsections, you could use \useinnertheme{rectangles}. It's working for circles also but not for triangles. It depends also of your theme.
    – ppr
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 19:06

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