Is there any way of disabling AUCTeX from auto-promping for optional overlay options in a Beamer document? I use global overlay options, and the prompting for local ones can be annoying when writing long documents.

  • Just for \item? In that case set LaTeX-beamer-item-overlay-flag to nil.
    – giordano
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 3:41
  • Thanks. Please make this an answer and I will approve it.
    – NVaughan
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 16:17
  • Where did you find that option? I couldn't find it in the official documentation?
    – NVaughan
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 16:40

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In order not to be prompted anymore for overlay specification in \item like macros, set the variable LaTeX-beamer-item-overlay-flag to nil. You can do it locally or globally, for the latter case customize that variable or add this code to your init file:

(setq LaTeX-beamer-item-overlay-flag nil)

As most style-specific options, this variable is not documented in the official manual of AUCTeX, but you can find them browsing customize-group RET LaTeX-style RET.

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    I've changed something in auctex (can't remember what) to add the frame and minted environments with C-c C-e, and unfortunately, this annoying thing started popping up as well. Great that there is a solution.
    – Ajned
    Commented Feb 16, 2020 at 17:45

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