I'm using the Madrid theme. I have defined \institute as

\institute[]{\pgfuseimage{logo} \\ my-institute}

because I want the logo to appear at the title frame. Also, since all viewing the presentation are from the same institution, it makes no sense to declare the [] part of \institute. It seems redundant. But, in the footline, my name appears with an empty () to it's right.

My question is: how do I remove this ()? I don't want the institute specified at the footnote.

Just to be clear, my footline is something like:

my-name ()    |    title     |    date

I want it be

my-name   |    title     |    date

2 Answers 2


Madrid uses infolines as the outer theme, so you can set the footline template to not include the parentheses, but to keep all the other elements as they were:


  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{author in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{author in head/foot}\insertshortauthor%~~\beamer@ifempty{\insertshortinstitute}{}{(\insertshortinstitute)}
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{title in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}\insertshorttitle
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,right]{date in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{date in head/foot}\insertshortdate{}\hspace*{2em}
    \insertframenumber{} / \inserttotalframenumber\hspace*{2ex} 

\author{A.U. Thor}
\institute{The Institute}



Here's the bottom of the frame produced by my example code:

enter image description here

  • Very late, but is there a way you could change the colors of each of the bars using this solution?
    – akenny430
    Dec 10, 2019 at 15:37

Absent a MWE, here's one way you might modify the footline by customizing the outertheme. See p. 165 of the Beamer manual and tweak as needed to suit your needs:


\title{My awesome presentation}
\author{John Q. Public}
\date{17 November 2011}



  \frametitle{Outline of Lecture}
    \item Background    
    \item Awesome results


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