Closed Captioning for Google Slides Presentations

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 9:45am

Google Slides just released a new tool that gives you the ability to turn on closed captioning during a presentation. The tool uses speech recognition software that works in real-time to provide subtitles that can be read as the presenter talks. Try turning it on in your next large lecture or presentation.

All you need is your computer and a microphone!

Note: To use the Closed Captioning tool, you must be using Google Chrome as your browser.


How to use

  1. Navigate to the Google Slide deck that you will be presenting from.
  2. Turn on Presenter mode by clicking on the “Present” button in the upper right-hand corner.
    "Present" Button
  3. Once the presentation is in full-screen, click on the “Captions” icon in the controls toolbar.
    Captions icon in toolbar
  4. In the pop-up window that appears, click “Allow” to give Google access to your microphone.
    Microphone access pop-up window
  5. Start presenting! Your words will be transcribed on the screen for the audience to see.


Pro tip

There is also a similar extension available for Microsoft PowerPoint presentations called Presentation Translator. Unfortunately, this tool is only available for PC. Learn more about Presentation Translator and how to download the add-in.