Creating a Presentation with LaTeX Beamer – Using Overlays

August 25, 2010
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(This article was first published on Software for Exploratory Data Analysis and Statistical Modelling, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Overlays can be used in a LaTeX beamer presentation to reveal parts of a slide sequentially, which can be a useful way of imparting information to your audience. There are a number of different ways that overlays can be created depending on the sophistication required in the presentation.

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The pause command is the easiest way to create simple overlays that reveal consecutive parts of a slide.

begin{itemize} item Total Runs Scored. pause item Number of Innings Batted. pause item Number of Not Out Innings. pause item Number of 100s. pause item Number of 50s. end{itemize}

Commands such as <1-> can be added after various beamer environments to allow them to appear on different slides of the overlay set to provide greater control over the display.

begin{tabular}{cccccccc} \ hline Opposition & Match & Inns & Runs & NO & Inns & Wicket & Catches \ hline onslide<2-> Australia & 36 & 49 & 1673 & 2 & 66 & 148 & 57 \ onslide<3-> India & 14 & 16 & 1201 & 0 & 23 & 59 & 14 \ onslide<4-> New Zealand & 15 & 22 & 846 & 2 & 28 & 64 & 14 \ onslide<5-> Pakistan & 14 & 20 & 647 & 1 & 18 & 40 & 14 \ onslide<6-> Sri Lanka & 3 & 3 & 41 & 0 & 6 & 11 & 2 \ onslide<7-> West Indies & 20 & 37 & 792 & 1 & 27 & 61 & 19 \ hline end{tabular}

The onslide command is used to indicate a range of slides in the overlay where the information on that line should be displayed.

There are ways to create more complicated overlays to reveal information on a slide.

Other useful resources are provided on the Supplementary Material page.

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