I'm creating a presentation with beamer and I would like to have the following:

  1. navigation symbols vertically organized and
  2. show not all navigation symbols, but only some

I can either achieve 1. or 2., but not both.

Vertical navigation symbols:


\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}[vertical] 


\frametitle{Test frame} 


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Only some navigation symbols, but horizontal:


\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{\insertframenavigationsymbol \insertsectionnavigationsymbol \insertbackfindforwardnavigationsymbol} 


\frametitle{Test frame}


If I write \setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}[vertical]{\insertframenavigationsymbol \insertsectionnavigationsymbol \insertbackfindforwardnavigationsymbol}, I get an error message (Missing \begin{document})

So what do I have to do to have, say only three navigation symbols vertically aligned?


1 Answer 1


I will translate what is written here: http://mcclinews.free.fr/latex/introbeamer/elements_navigation.html

Both are not compatible. Then to choose your symbols to put vertically, you have to type this:

\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}
  • Ok, it seems somewhat strange to me that they are not compatible, but this "workaround" works perfectly well and achieves the desired effect.
    – Chara
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 16:31

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