Closed captions for PowerPoint audio – adding and saving
PowerPoint 365 (Windows, Mac and iOS) can now use separate caption files for audio inside a presentation and also export the captions with media.
What’s new are captions for audio files like a transcript of a lecture or even song lyrics for a PowerPoint ‘sing-a-long’. There’s a catch but one that can be bypassed.
- How to add captions to an audio file
- Playing audio with captions
- Audio captions on iPhone and iPad
- Save audio with captions
- Who gets it?
Modern PowerPoint already lets you add captions to embedded video files and live captions during a presentation.
How to add captions to an audio file
Insert the audio file as usual, then go to the Playback tab and look for ‘Insert Captions’ on the right-side of the ribbon.
Select one or more caption files to insert. Captions can be for multiple languages, selectable at playback.
WebVTT format only
Caption files must be in WebVTT format, that’s the little trap we mentioned earlier. A lot of subtitles and captions are in .srt format which isn’t compatible with PowerPoint captioning.
If your captions are in the more common .srt format or just a text file, there are conversion tools available.
Playing audio with captions
The audio play toolbar has a [CC] button to select one of the captions available or none.
Get the audio playback toolbar using Alt+J then Esc in PowerPoint for Windows or just Option+J on Mac PPT.
Audio captions on iPhone and iPad
Audio captions can also appear on iPhone and iPad.
Save audio with captions
Save As … will save embedded video or audio to separate files. If there are linked captions, they will also be exported as .vtt files.
Who gets it?
Closed captions for audio files is appearing first for PowerPoint 365, Insiders, beta channel:
- Windows: v2302 build 16130.20020) or later
- Mac: v16.71 build 23012902) or later
- iOS: v2.71 build 23013100) or later
Save As Media with captions was added a little earlier for Windows/Mac only.
- Windows: v2211 build 15831.20208
- Mac: v16.67 build 22103100
Make captions for PowerPoint video and audio
PowerPoint 365 gets live captions and translation