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Suppose I prepare a talk using the beamer class. To each slide I want to add personal notes (detailing what I exactly want to say, frequently asked questions etc.). So is there a smart way to write those notes into the same file and get a nice printed version of my slides with my personal comments (of course the presentation itself should be without those notes)?

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You are interested in the \note command. Please refer to Section 19 Adding Notes for Yourself of the beamer manual.

A little example (taken from the manual):

\documentclass{beamer}

%\setbeameroption{show notes} un-comment to see the notes

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}

\begin{itemize}
  \item<1-> Eggs
  \item<2-> Plants
    \note[item]<2>{Tell joke about plants.}
    \note[item]<2>{Make it short.}
  \item<3-> Animals
\end{itemize}

\end{frame}

\end{document}

To print the note pages without hints or fancy settings, you can use the plain option for the note page template:

\setbeamertemplate{note page}[plain]
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    Also, when you want to present this on an extended screen, I can highly recommend the (Windows/Linux/Mac) software pympress to display this in presenter mode. Other options are listed here.
    – fishlein
    Jan 4, 2022 at 21:32
  • What if your itemize environment isn't using overlay specifications? Jan 10, 2023 at 19:18
  • Nice! I can print a version without notes, a version with notes. But is it possible to print a version with only the notes? Jan 18 at 16:56

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