How To Use Google Slides Speaker Notes [Easy Guide]

Google Slides Speaker Notes is a feature that acts like your very own assistant, giving you the guidance you need during your presentations.

Speaker Notes keep your presentations professional and mean you won’t have to glance at your phone, a piece of paper, or other note-taking devices to stay on point. With Speaker Notes, you’ll have all the information right in your Google Slides presentation — and your audience won’t have any idea.

To add speaker notes to your Google Slides presentation, go to your “View” > “Show Speaker Notes.” You should be able to edit them directly from your worksheet.

What Are Speaker Notes in Google Slides?

In Google Slides presentations, Speaker Notes are text boxes that appear at the bottom of every slide. They’re useful for highlighting key points you want to discuss during your presentations.

How Do Speaker Notes Work in Google Slides?

You can hide/enable speaker notes and edit their content. These serve as a guide while users give their presentations. Speaker notes are not enabled by default, so you must activate them in the “View” menu before using them.

Do You See Speaker Notes When Presenting on Google Slides?

When speaker notes are visible, they’ll appear as text boxes in your presentation. However, only you can access, edit, and view them while you’re presenting. Your audience won’t see them during slideshows.

Related: How to Hide a Slide in Google Slides

How To See Speaker Notes While Presenting

To ensure that your speaker notes are visible in your Google Slides presentation, follow these steps:

  1. Open a new Google Slides presentation or access an existing one.
  2. Enable speaker notes by navigating to “View” > “Show speaker notes.”
Google Slides Speaker Notes—Show Speaker Notes option in View menu


  1. If the “Show speaker notes” option is already enabled, adjust the size of the speaker notes section. Below the Google Slides window, you’ll see three dots or a horizontal line. Click and drag it upwards until the speaker notes textbox becomes visible.
How to resize the speaker notes text box


Your setup should resemble the following:

Google Slides with Speaker Notes enabled

How To Hide Google Slides Speaker Notes

If you want to hide the Google Slides notes tab to increase the size of your worksheet, you can follow the same process mentioned earlier.

  1. Go to your “View” menu and deselect the “Show Speaker Notes” option. This will close the speaker notes tab, but any text you enter will be saved. Enabling the feature again will allow you to view your notes.
Deselect Show Speaker Notes option in View menu


To remove the speaker notes faster — without going to the “View” menu — you can resize the textbox manually:

  1. Look for the three dots or horizontal line in the bottom portion of your Google Slides window.
  2. Click and drag it until the textbox disappears.
How to hide the speaker notes textbox by resizing

How To Edit or Remove Speaker Notes

Editing or removing the contents of your speaker notes is fairly easy. When enabled, speaker notes textboxes will be accessible below each slide.

To remove or edit your speaker notes, click on the text box before making any changes. Changes will be saved automatically if you’re connected to the Internet or offline.

To quickly delete texts in speaker notes, here’s what you can do:

  1. Click on the speaker notes textbox.
  2. Highlight all the text or press the “Select All” or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + A on Windows (Cmd + A on Mac).
  3. Press the “Delete” button.

How To Use Voice Type in Google Slide Notes

You can also add notes with speech recognition when using Google Slide Notes. This is especially useful when taking notes on the go — and it’s definitely a faster way to use Google Slide’s speaker notes feature. However, it has certain drawbacks, like your device not recognizing certain words you say.

To use this feature, ensure you’re using Chrome as your web browser. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Google Slides and open a new presentation or an existing one.
  2. Navigate to the slide where you want to add notes. Then, go to the “Tools” menu and select “Voice Type Speaker Notes.”
Voice Type Speaker Notes option in Tool menu


  1. After turning on the “Voice Type Speaker Notes” feature, a microphone button will appear in your Google Slides window. First, You must grant microphone access to begin using the speech-to-text function. When a pop-up appears, click “Allow.”
Microphone button appears after enabling Voice Type Speaker Notes


  1. If your default language isn’t English, click on the drop-down button above the microphone button and select your preferred language.
Language dropdown list above microphone button GSlides


  1. Click on the microphone button to start converting speech to text. Once activated, the button will turn red.
Red microphone button when speech-to-text is active


  1. To stop using the speech-to-text feature, simply click the red microphone button.

How To Use Google Slides Voice Type Notes Using Mobile Phone

The “voice type speaker notes” feature of Google Slides is most useful when using a mobile phone. This is especially true for individuals who are unaccustomed to typing long texts using touchscreen keypads. However, unlike the desktop version of Google Slides, the mobile version does not have an integrated speech-to-text feature.

To utilize this feature on your mobile device, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Google Slides app and create a new presentation or open an existing one.
  2. On the top-right corner of your screen, tap the three dots ().
Where to find the three dots icon on Google Slides mobile app


  1. Enable “Speaker notes” from the options.
How to enable Speaker notes on Google Slides mobile app


  1. Proceed to the slide you want to add notes to.
Tap to add Speaker notes Google Slides mobile app


  1. Use your phone’s built-in voice recognition feature to enter notes in the Speaker notes textbox.
Language for voice notes in slides mobile app


Note: Accessing speech-to-text features will differ depending on your mobile device.

Final Thoughts

The Google Slides Speaker Notes feature is a true gem. Not only does it make presentations easier, but it also enhances your professionalism via a well-rehearsed presentation. Best of all, this feature is also straightforward and requires a few steps that anyone can follow.

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