I'm having a lot of trouble getting a nice solution to this problem.

I want to export a handout for a beamer presentation using org-mode. I can write a note using \note{sample note}, which creates a separate notes page, but I can't have line breaks in the note and I can't do \note[itemize]{\item ...} either. Not sure what's going on here. But I would like the slide on the top half of the page and the notes on the bottom (which aren't displayed on the slide). Below is the sample code.

#+startup: beamer
#+LaTeX_CLASS: beamer
#+LaTeX_CLASS_OPTIONS: [handout]
#+LATEX_HEADER: \usepackage{pgfpages}
#+LATEX_HEADER: \mode<handout>{\setbeameroption{show notes} \pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1}[a4paper,border shrink=5mm]}

1 Answer 1


Here is an example of a slide with a note:

 * Slide
  - Item 1 
  - item 2

 ** Note
 :BEAMER_ENV: note

 This is a note.

IOW, a second level section with a BEAMER_ENV property with a value of "note" becomes a beamer note.

Whether this will get printed out properly the way you want, I don't know.

EDIT: if you look at the tex file that is produced when you export the above, the Note section becomes

 This is a note.}

You can leave out the "Note" in the org file:


This is a note.

Then the tex file shows:

\note {
 This is a note.}

I'm not sure whether newlines are important in a \note environment, but I suspect they are not (they are unimportant in most tex environments I believe).

  • Thanks. Is there any way to hide the title too? i.e. just show 'This is a note.' and note 'Note'.
    – jdtonkin
    Commented Aug 31, 2018 at 1:20
  • Edited the queston.
    – NickD
    Commented Aug 31, 2018 at 14:02

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.