I'd like to print handout slides with handoutWithNotes package associated with beamer, but a simple try

\pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1 with notes}[a4paper,border shrink=5mm]

My first slide
Second one

returned me always the error message such as

! Undefined control sequence.
\@begindocumenthook ...ox { \vskip .05\pageheight
                                                  Notes\vskip .1\pageheight ...
l.8 \begin{document}

Apparently it comes with \pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1 with notes}[a4paper,border shrink=5mm] "with notes" argument.

I run the file either with MiKTeX 2.8 or 2.9, either under Windows XP or Windows 10.

  • The package handoutWithNotes would appear to be somewhat uncommon. Is it available online? If so, where?
    – Mico
    Dec 2, 2019 at 8:26
  • I get an error ! LaTeX Error: File `handoutWithNotes.sty' not found.. Dec 2, 2019 at 8:26
  • I get the same error as the post owner! @UlrikeFischer, you have to copy the package into your project folder or install it with MikTeX before you can use it
    – fjungplan
    Dec 10, 2019 at 17:24
  • @Mico guidodiepen.nl/2009/07/… that's where the package is from
    – fjungplan
    Dec 10, 2019 at 22:09

1 Answer 1


What fixed it for me was replacing \pageheight with \paperheight everywhere in handoutWithNotes.sty. See also https://github.com/gdiepen/latexbeamer-handoutWithNotes/pull/5.

  • Super helpful, thanks!
    – Jimi Oke
    Sep 3, 2020 at 4:18

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