Accessibility Turn On or Off Live Captions in Windows 11


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Microsoft introduced a new feature called Live Captions starting with Windows 11 build 22557.

Live captions will help everyone, including people who are deaf or hard of hearing, better understand audio by viewing captions of spoken content. Captions are automatically generated on-device from any content with audio. Captions can be displayed at the top or bottom of the screen, or in a floating window. The caption window can be resized, and caption appearance can be personalized by applying or customizing a caption style. Microphone audio can be included, which can be helpful during in-person conversations.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Live Captions for your account in Windows 11.


Live captions are currently available only in English (U.S.).

Turning on live captions will download the live captions language files. Voice data will be processed locally and your data isn't shared to the cloud.

When turned on the first time, live captions will prompt for download of the required speech model to enable on-device captioning.

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Contents

  • Option One: Turn On and Off Live Captions using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: Turn On and Off Live Captions in Quick Settings
  • Option Three: Turn On and Off Live Captions in Settings
  • Option Four: Turn Off Live Captions from Live Captions bar


EXAMPLE: Live captions (launched from Quick Settings Accessibility flyout) generating captions for a video playing in the web browser.

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Option One

Turn On and Off Live Captions using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Press the Win + Ctrl + L keys to toggle live captions on or off.




Option Two

Turn On and Off Live Captions in Quick Settings


1 Open Quick Settings (Win+A), and click/tap on Accessibility. (see screenshot below)

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2 Turn on or off (default) Live captions for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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Option Three

Turn On and Off Live Captions in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accessibility on the left side, and click/tap on Captions under Hearing on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Captions settings

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3 Turn on or off (default) Live captions for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Four

Turn Off Live Captions from Live Captions bar


1 Close (X) the live captions bar. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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According to blog, this is only available in US. Can I just install a US version of windows or would I need to use a vpn set to US (or both)?
 

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According to blog, this is only available in US. Can I just install a US version of windows or would I need to use a vpn set to US (or both)?

It appears to be for content and not which language is installed. :(
 

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