When creating presentations in beamer, those little symbols that you can click on and will take you to different parts of your presentation are automatically included on your slides.

I don't like that, but decided not to try and change it for now. The problem is that when I gave my presentation to my supervisor to revise, the first thing he did was cross the symbols out in red, meaning: take this out!

What should I do? Is there an easy command to get rid of those symbols or do I have to change the theme of my presentation to get rid of the symbols?

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    While I'd agree that the navigation symbols aren't really what @Vivi was likely to want feedback on, I must commend her supervisor for his aesthetic sense.
    – vanden
    Jul 30, 2010 at 21:16
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    Supervisor's right! 99% of the time, those symbols are only good for advertising your use of beamer.
    – JeffE
    Aug 16, 2010 at 5:58

2 Answers 2


In addition to Michael's way, there is the slightly different


that I've been using in my preambles.

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    Michael's answer uses a general mechanism, and generality is good. But, I do like this one for its self-documentation.
    – vanden
    Jul 30, 2010 at 21:14

It can be done with one quick command! Just put

\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}

before your \begin{document} to clear the navigation symbols.


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