I am trying to duplicate a given corporate design as beamer theme.

A far, I was able to reproduce most of the settings for the normal slides.

Now I am working on the title page, which has a complete different design, mostly with other logos and a customized header and footer. My problem: how do I get rid of the headline and footline template just for the title page? Using \begin{frame}[plain] isn't a real option, because, when you forget to add the [plain], you'll get both logos and so on.

In my MWE I present the same problem by removing the nav symbols from just the title page.


I added three example templates headline, footline and title page to this example. I want to get rid of the two logos A and B from the title page.



\title{Some ordinary title}
\subtitle{And another title}
\author{I. T. Sme}
\date{Not Long Ago}

%% This would remove the nav symbols from all slides, which I don't
%% want.
% \setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}


%% I'd love to get rid of the logos A and B and the navigation
%% symbols, but setting the templates temporary to {} does have no
%% effect.
\setbeamertemplate{title page}{%
  \setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}%  
    \insertauthor,\ \insertdate


  \frametitle{First real slide}
  This is a normal slide with normal headline and footline.

What must I write into my \defbeamertemplate{title page} to temporary remove the headline/footline from that titlepage?

There is a similar question, in which the answer was given, to define the headline/footline in dependency of the page number: no headline for page 1, footline of page > 1. This is also not an option for me, as the corporate design supplies from one up to three titlepages. :-(

If there is any other chance, to test from within the footline template, if the actual page is a title like page, that would be great.

  • I do not understand the statement "Using \begin{frame}[plain] isn't a real option, because, when you forget to add the [plain], you'll get both logos and so on." I just looked in my custom beamer theme and I used exactly this (\begin{frame}[plain]). Jun 7, 2021 at 2:56
  • @Dr.ManuelKuehner This template shall be used by a lot of different people. Most of them are not aware of the [plain] option and hence don't use them in their documents. They just write \begin{frame}\titlepage\end{frame}, which would result in a page showing the correct logo and decoration from the title page-template and a second logo and it different decoration from the headline and footline-templates. They would wonder, where the heck, the doubled logos come from. If the title page-template could inherit the plain-option, I would be glad.
    – Jan
    Jun 7, 2021 at 4:44
  • 1
    I would just provide the information in the template, e. g. as a comment. But in the end, you decide how much time you want to spend on the topic. Jun 7, 2021 at 5:16
  • See my edit, hope it makes the question for you more clear.
    – Jan
    Jun 7, 2021 at 6:42
  • Sam Carter (is at Topanswer.xyz) pointed elsewhere out, that one could use pagestyles, define multiple headlines which depend on one pagestyle and eh voila. She also gave some MWE here: topanswers.xyz/tex?q=1004
    – Jan
    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:30

1 Answer 1


As Sam Carter is no more active on TeX.SE, she nevertheless was so friendly, to point out to a solution, she gave on topanswers.xyz.

I repeat her answer here, with three minor fixes.

Please note: this is an answer from SAM CARTER! All the credit and the glory belong to her!


\defbeamertemplate{footline}{special footline}{%
  special footline

%% EDIT from me: In my case it worked, when I changed \setbeamertemplate
%% to \defbeamertemplate
  normal footline

%% EDIT from me: the second braces need to be optional braces
%  \setbeamertemplate{footline}{special footline}
  \setbeamertemplate{footline}[special footline]
\addtobeamertemplate{title page}{\thispagestyle{navigation@titlepage}}{}

%% EDIT from me: again, there need to be optional braces
%\setbeamertemplate{footline}{special footline}
\setbeamertemplate{footline}[special footline]





Thank you Sam!

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