# Beamer 2-up with projected frame above and notes below

How can I create a printout of my beamer slides 2-up, with the displayed frame on the top half, and the following \note{} frame on the bottom half of the page? If there is no \note{} page, the bottom half should be blank. If I do \pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1}, pages without notes remove the alignment on a single page between a frame and the corresponding note. This is exactly what I want, except I'm not handwriting my notes on lines, I'm using \notes. Judging by the comments on that blog, I'm not the only one who'd like this feature.

This should work, without using the other .sty file. It's arguably an abuse of how you'd keep a second screen of notes while you were giving your presentation, but it works and is very simple.

\documentclass[handout]{beamer}
\title{The Title}
\author{The Author}
\usetheme{Copenhagen}
\usepackage{pgfpages}
\pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1}[a4paper,border shrink=5mm] % could also use letterpaper
\setbeamertemplate{note page}[plain] % Beamer manual, section 19.1
\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen=bottom} % Beamer manual, section 19.3

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
Here's some content, with no notes added.
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}
Here's some content, with notes added.
\end{frame}
\note{
Here are things to remember:
\begin{enumerate}
\item Stress this first.
\item Then this.
\end{enumerate}
}
\end{document}

• Thanks, I like this; very simple. I understand it's a mild misuse of "second screen" but I would use it for printouts only. I have a shell script anyway that injects the pgfpageuselayout temporarily to make the hardcopy form, so this is not much harder to add. – Liam Nov 26 '11 at 15:33