According to Google, the purpose of doing this is to help deaf and hard of hearing audience members. Photo: Google.

CAPE TOWN –  Google announced that it will adding a new captioning feature to its G Suite presentation app Slides as part of Accessibility Awareness Month. 

(You’ll soon be able to add captions in the navigation box. Image by Google)

The feature uses a computer’s built-in microphone to automatically transcribe the speaker’s words and display them in real time as subtitles on the slide being presented. 

According to Google, the purpose of doing this is to help deaf and hard of hearing audience members, but should also improve the experience for anyone that understands written English better than spoken.

Google’s captioning feature is only available in US English for now but will be available globally to anyone using Slides via Chrome on the desktop or a laptop starting this week. 

How it works:

  • To activate it, click the “CC” button in the navigation box when you begin presenting, or 
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + C in Windows or Command + Shift + C on a Mac.
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