I'm using the very elegant Boadilla theme and would like to keep its color schemes, but I would like to change the fields it uses.

It presents:

Author | Presentation title | Date + curr_frame/Total Frame

I would prefer to use

Presentation title | Section title | Date + curr_frame/Total Frame

I already found a solution in Insert sectiontitle in footer, but unfortunately it changes the color schemes.

Unfortunately, boadilla.sty uses very terse Beamer reference that can't easily be understood by an eventual LaTeX user. I suppose part of the answer lies in the use of the rose color theme.

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Boadilla uses the footline from the infolines outer theme. You can redefine it like this:




  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{author in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}\insertshorttitle
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{title in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}\insertsectionhead
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,leftskip=2ex,rightskip=2ex,sep=0pt]{date in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{date in head/foot}%
    \usebeamercolor[fg]{page number in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{page number in head/foot}%
    \usebeamertemplate{page number in head/foot}%




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  • Great ! Thanks a lot ! A true LaTeX hacker is hard to find. Commented Apr 21, 2023 at 23:59
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    @HiltonFernandes You're welcome! Commented Apr 22, 2023 at 10:53
  • Dear @samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz, I changed the 3 lines for the page numbering in your answer with \insertframenumber{} / \inserttotalframenumber from the previous answer also of yours that I quoted, and it worked alright. Thanks again. Commented Apr 23, 2023 at 21:18
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    @HiltonFernandes If your beamer version is reasonable up to date, that change should not be necessary. The page number in head/foot template will expand to that in this theme Commented Apr 24, 2023 at 7:56
  • that's probably is the case: I use a Linux distro that's very conservative, and probably the LaTeX packages they have are not very up to date. But thinks are working fine, and I don't have to complain at all. Commented May 3, 2023 at 17:41

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