# How to remove the parentheses on this beamer template?

\documentclass{beamer}

\mode<presentation> {

% The Beamer class comes with a number of default slide themes
% which change the colors and layouts of slides. Below this is a list
% of all the themes, uncomment each in turn to see what they look like.

%\usetheme{default}
%\usetheme{AnnArbor}
%\usetheme{Antibes}
%\usetheme{Bergen}
%\usetheme{Berkeley}
%\usetheme{Berlin}
%\usetheme{CambridgeUS}
%\usetheme{Copenhagen}
%\usetheme{Dresden}
%\usetheme{Frankfurt}
%\usetheme{Goettingen}
%\usetheme{Hannover}
%\usetheme{Ilmenau}
%\usetheme{JuanLesPins}
%\usetheme{Luebeck}
%\usetheme{Malmoe}
%\usetheme{Marburg}
%\usetheme{Montpellier}
%\usetheme{PaloAlto}
%\usetheme{Pittsburgh}
%\usetheme{Rochester}
%\usetheme{Singapore}
%\usetheme{Szeged}
%\usetheme{Warsaw}

% As well as themes, the Beamer class has a number of color themes
% for any slide theme. Uncomment each of these in turn to see how it
% changes the colors of your current slide theme.

%\usecolortheme{albatross}
%\usecolortheme{beaver}
%\usecolortheme{beetle}
%\usecolortheme{crane}
%\usecolortheme{dolphin}
%\usecolortheme{dove}
%\usecolortheme{fly}
%\usecolortheme{lily}
%\usecolortheme{orchid}
%\usecolortheme{rose}
%\usecolortheme{seagull}
%\usecolortheme{seahorse}
%\usecolortheme{whale}
%\usecolortheme{wolverine}

%\setbeamertemplate{footline} % To remove the footer line in all slides uncomment this line
%\setbeamertemplate{footline}$page number$ % To replace the footer line in all slides with a simple slide count uncomment this line

%\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{} % To remove the navigation symbols from the bottom of all slides uncomment this line
}

\usepackage{graphicx} % Allows including images
\usepackage{booktabs} % Allows the use of \toprule, \midrule and \bottomrule in tables

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%       TITLE PAGE
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\title$COMPANY CONFIDENTIAL${Full Title of the Talk} % The short title appears at the bottom of every slide, the full title is only on the title page

%\author{\includegraphics$height=1cm, width=3cm${/mounts/isilon/data/eahome/u1072932/resource/figs/q2logo}} % Your name
\author{Donald Trump} % Your name
\institute$ABCDEF$ % Your institution as it will appear on the bottom of every slide, may be shorthand to save space
{
%University of California \\ % Your institution for the title page
\medskip
}
\date{\today} % Date, can be changed to a custom date

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
\titlepage % Print the title page as the first slide
\end{frame}

\begin{frame}
\tableofcontents % Throughout your presentation, if you choose to use \section{} and \subsection{} commands, these will automatically be printed on this slide as an overview of your presentation
\end{frame}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%       PRESENTATION SLIDES
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%------------------------------------------------

\section{Session Information}
\begin{frame}$fragile$
First Slide is awesome
\end{frame}
\end{document}][1]][1]


The Madrid theme uses the infolines outer theme, which inserts the "short institute" (whatever is supplied in the optional argument to \institute) in parentheses. To remove these, you either have to redefine the entire footline template, or patch it. The latter is easier, achievable by adding the following to your preamble after loading the theme:

\makeatletter
% Remove (parentheses) around "short institute" declaration
\patchcmd{\beamer@@tmpl@footline}% <cmd>
{(\insertshortinstitute)}% <search>
{\insertshortinstitute}% <replace>
{}{}% <success><failure>
\makeatother


\documentclass{beamer}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%       TITLE PAGE
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\title[Short title]{Full title}% The short title appears at the bottom of every slide, the full title is only on the title page

\author[A Author]{An Author} % Your name
\institute[ABCDEF]{% Your institution as it will appear on the bottom of every slide, may be shorthand to save space
Institute \\[\medskipamount] % Your institution for the title page
}
\date{\today} % Date, can be changed to a custom date

\makeatletter
% Remove (parentheses) around "short institute" declaration
\patchcmd{\beamer@@tmpl@footline}% <cmd>
{(\insertshortinstitute)}% <search>
{\insertshortinstitute}% <replace>
{}{}% <success><failure>
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
\titlepage % Print the title page as the first slide
\end{frame}

\begin{frame}
First slide is awesome
\end{frame}

\end{document}