I'd like to have the author and the title in the same line in the footline in beamer. Doing

\setbeamertemplate{footline}[split theme]

doesn't make any difference.

This did the trick:

\setbeamertemplate{footline}[split theme]

Is this the official solution?

Minimal working example:

\setbeamertemplate{footline}[split theme]

1 Answer 1


Load it this way:

  • \usetheme[options]{name} installs the desired presentation theme
  • \useoutertheme[options]{name} does the same but only for outer themes

Similarly, there are \useinnertheme, \usecolortheme, and \usefonttheme. This is described in the beamer user guide in 15.1 Five Flavors of Themes.

If you only would like to have the footline part of the split theme, you can copy the relevant definition from beamerouterthemesplit.sty to your preamble:

\defbeamertemplate*{footline}{split theme}
  \hbox{\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.5\paperwidth,ht=2.5ex,dp=1.125ex,leftskip=.3cm plus1fill,rightskip=.3cm]{author in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{author in head/foot}\insertshortauthor
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.5\paperwidth,ht=2.5ex,dp=1.125ex,leftskip=.3cm,rightskip=.3cm plus1fil]{title in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}\insertshorttitle
  • This does too many changes. I want to change only the footline.
    – pts
    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:24
  • @pts: You asked for the official solution ;-) I extended my answer to use just the split footline.
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:40
  • Thank you for the lots of helpful information in your answer.
    – pts
    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:20
  • @StefanKottwitz sorry to bring back this answer, but when I tried the above, I got Command \beamer@@tmpop@footline@split theme already defined. error. Anything I've missed?
    – Skyork
    Apr 18, 2020 at 1:56

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