I'm writing a presentation in beamer.

I want to show semi-transparent overlays in the table of contents items. I mean, I want to show the current item text in black color and the next ones in gray.

Thanks in advance.


In your preamble add \setbeamercovered{transparent} to make inactive overlay items transparent. The table of contents can be displayed emphasizing only the "current section" by using the optional parameter:


If you want to uncover the table of contents section-by-section use the pausesections option:




Please see the beamer user guide for additional options.

  • Thanks, that macro lets gray all the items and lets to show the outline in the begining of each section. But what i need is to make transitions in the outline of tableofcontents frame. – Herman Aug 15 '12 at 8:09
  • I mean, I want my Outline like in this tutorial uncg.edu/cmp/reu/presentations/…, where there are transitions between outline items. I Really appreciate your help @hakaze. Thanks. – Herman Aug 15 '12 at 8:10
  • @Herman I updated my solution. Please remember for your next question to make it as comprehensive as possible and to include examples of what you tried and what you want to achieve. – hakaze Aug 15 '12 at 8:29
  • Thanks @hakaze I really appreciate your help, I used \setbeamercovered{dynamic} and \frame{\tableofcontents[pausesections]} and it works. Thanks!!!! – Herman Aug 16 '12 at 16:59

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