Google Slides Gets Powerpoint like Live Captions

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Google is adding Live Captions to its presentation app, Google Slides. This feature uses a computer’s built-in microphone to transcribe the speaker’s words automatically. This feature is intended to help the deaf and hard hearing audience members. And also improve the experience of anyone who isn’t a native English speaker but understands written English.

Microsoft’s PowerPoint has a similar, rather more robust functionality since last year. It makes use of its Translator live feature to translate the spoken presentation into as many as 60 different languages and transmit them directly to attendees phones.

You can add captions by clicking on the “CC” button in the navigation box. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + C in Windows or Command + Shift + C on a Mac.

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This feature is available only in US English for now. It will available globally to anyone using Slides via Chrome on desktop or a laptop starting this week.

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