Using only<.>{stuff} at the end of a beamer frame it is possible to place stuff at the very last overlay in a beamer frame.

Now, I would like to slightly alter the footline when I reach the last overlay, for example putting a star besides the page number, or turning it red.

Can this be done with a reasonable amount of effort?

  • It depends on how easy it is to modify the footline. If it simply a matter of overlaying something, no problem. May 17, 2019 at 12:30

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Depending on the definition of 'reasonable', it can be done.

One option is to set a custom footline with color and additional text commands in it and set the definitions for these commands in \only<.> commands. At the start of a new frame you can set them back to the original values. The question did not say which theme is used so I took a standard example - you may need to adjust the footline template to match your presentation.


\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}

  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.4\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{author in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{author in head/foot}\insertshortauthor
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.6\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{title in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}\insertshorttitle\hspace*{3em}%
    % modification of the footline using \mycolor and \mysymbol here
    \hfill \color{\mycolor}\mysymbol\insertframenumber{} / \inserttotalframenumber\hspace*{1ex}
\author{John Doe}
\title{My presentation}

    \item<+-> one
    \item<+-> two 
    \item<+-> three
\setbeamercolor{page number in head/foot}{fg=red}
    \item<+-> one one
    \item<+-> two two
    \item<+-> three three




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Note that you have to insert \setlast manually at the end of each frame. I tried to automate this but I'm not really sure where to hook into - this can probably be improved.

  • Feel free to add an improvement, but I find this a reasonably self-contained solution!
    – fosco
    May 18, 2019 at 16:41

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