PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 has this interesting feature that can automatically transcribe the words you utter during your presentation and display them on-screen in the form of captions or subtitles. This new functionality is particularly useful for individuals with hearing difficulties and for the deaf. It is also convenient in communicative situations where the presenter speaks a different language from the one spoken by the audience.
As the presenter, you can choose the languages you want to use for both your ‘spoken language’ and ‘subtitle language’. PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 supports several languages although more options are available for ‘subtitle language’. Additionally, you can customize the look (e.g., colour, font style, transparency, size) and placement (e.g., bottom, top, overlaid) of your captions. To activate this feature, click on the Subtitle Settings on the Slide Show ribbon tab, and select from the options there.
For best results, PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 recommends “using a headset microphone connected to the device running PowerPoint. Also, the feature requires a reliable internet connection throughout your presentation.” Watch the video below to learn about this feature.