Getting started with Beamer for LaTeX slide presentations

We have moved from PowerPoint to Beamer (LaTex) for technical presentations.

A working example is more useful than reams of documentation. Here are the high level steps for getting started with a Beamer example.

Install MiKTeX from

  • We used the Basic Installer 64-bit.
  • latex --help becomes available from the command line.

Clone and build a Beamer example.

git clone  
cd beamer\examples\a-conference-talk  
pdflatex .\beamerexample-conference-talk.tex  

Open .\beamerexample-conference-talk.pdf

Now you're started. The rest is up to you. :-)