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Live Captions on Windows 11

This post from the MiniTool Partition Wizard website introduces a new feature “Live Captions” coming with Windows 11 recently. It provides subtitles for audio on the device. Here you can learn how to enable and use Live Captions on Windows 11.

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What Is “Live Captions”?

In late 2021, Microsoft released a new operating system Windows 11, as the successor to Windows 10.

Compared with Windows 10, Windows 11 has a different outlook and is designed with some new or improved features. Unfortunately, as a new operating system, Windows 11 also has some bugs and disadvantages. To improve the user experience, Microsoft keeps releasing updates for Windows 11.

On February 16, 2022, Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22557. It contains many new features, including Live Captions. “Live Captions” is a feature that can provide visible captions for audio on Windows 11. Captions are automatically generated from any content with audio on the device, which can help users who are deaf or hard of hearing to better understand videos or audio.

The captions can be displayed at the top or bottom of the screen, or in a floating window, according to the user’s needs. Users can also resize the caption window and personalize the caption appearance.

How to Turn on Live Captions on Windows 11

If you want to use Live Captions on Windows 11, you need to enable it first. And you can follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press Win + I to open Windows Settings.

Step 2: In the left pane of the Settings window, select Accessibility. In the right pane, click Captions.

Step 3: On the next page, turn on the toggle for Live Captions to enable this feature.

Tip: On Windows 11, you can also press Win + Ctrl + L to turn on Live Captions quickly.

Step 4: In the pop-up window, click I agree to acknowledge the local processing of your speech data.

Then you can start to use the Live Captions on Windows 11 to turn on subtitles.

How to Personalize Your Live Captions

If you don’t like the default Live Captions settings, you can personalize your Live Captions according to your preferences.

You just need to go to the same Settings > Accessibility > Captions. Then you can change the caption style, including the color and text size. The available options are: white on black, small caps, large text, yellow on blue, and white on black (copy).

If you want to configure the location of your live captions, you can click the Settings icon on the captions box and select Position. Then you can select one from the following options: Top, Bottom, and Floating on screen.

In captions settings, you can also choose filter profanity and add your microphone’s audio to the captions by selecting the Caption options.

While using Live Captions, you might find it is inconvenient to enable or disable this feature in Windows Settings. A good way to solve the problem is to add the Live Captions feature to Quick Settings, a small and easy-to-use tool in Windows 11. You just need to:

  1. Press Win + A to open Windows 11 Quick Settings.
  2. Click the Edit (pencil)
  3. Select Add. Then choose Accessibility and click Done.

The next time you want to enable or disable Live Captions, you can open Quick Settings and click Accessibility.

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