How to Turn On or Off Live Captions in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable live captions in Windows 11. Live captions is a new feature released with Windows 11 build 22557, that will help everyone, including people who are deaf or hard of hearing, better understand audio by viewing captions of spoken content.

When live captions is enabled, it will automatically generate and display on device from any content with audio. Captions can be displayed at the top or bottom of the screen, or in a floating window, and can be resized accordingly.

Live captions can be turned on with the WINDOWS + CTRL + L keyboard shortcut, or from the Accessibility flyout under Quick Settings

When turned on the first time, live captions will prompt for download of the required speech model to enable on-device captioning. At the moment, Live captions are only available in US English language.

Here’s a post that shows you how to change your display language in Windows 11.

Below is how to turn on or off live captions in Windows 11.

How to enable or disable live captions in Windows 11

As mentioned above, live captions is a new feature that will help everyone, including people who are deaf or hard of hearing, better understand audio by viewing captions of spoken content.

As of now, Live captions are only available on Windows 11 computers that are enrolled in Microsoft Insider Preview program. If you device is not enrolled, you will not be able to use live captions at this time.

As with all releases, this feature might be available to all devices in a few months after it has been tested and promoted to the stable release branch.

There are multiple ways to turn on or off live captions. The quickest way is to use the keyboard shortcut below:

Press the WINDOWS + CTRL + L keys to toggle live captions on or off.

Alternately, one can turn on or off live content using the steps and going to the Settings app.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its Settings app.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accessibility tile to expand it.

On the Accessibility settings pane, under Hearing, select Captions tile to expand it.

On the Captions pane, select the Live captions tile, then toggle the button to the On or Off position to enable or disable.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable live captions in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

4 Comments

  1. On my windows 11 pro I do not have the option to turn off “live captions” and the key combination does not work either.

  2. Disable Chrome Live Caption
    Launch Google Chrome browser.
    Click on the More. for options menu.
    Select the Settings menu from the list.
    Scroll to the Advanced section, and click to expand.
    Under the Accessibility section, and turn OFF the Live Caption toggle button.

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