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How to enable live captions in Microsoft Teams (student)

Microsoft Teams allows users to enable auto-generated captions during meetings. This allows you to read what the meeting participants are saying in real time. It’s important to bear in mind that the captions produced will be computer-generated and, as such, there will be some innacuracies between what captions are shown and what the meeting participants actually said.

Enabling live auto captions

In the Teams meeting in progress go to your 3 dots menu icon:

MS team interface, red arrow pointing to 3 dots menu icon

Click to on 3 dots for more actions, and then click ‘Turn on live captions’:

MS team interface, red circle around 3 dots icon, red arrow pointing to 'turn on live captions'

And then at the bottom of the meeting screen, live captions text should be visible:

example of live caption text appearing at bottom of main presentation screen

That’s it! You’ll now be able to read what meeting participants (including yourself) are saying in real time with Microsoft Teams live captions.


  • Simon Cheung

    Simon is an Educational Technologist at CUOL - Coventry University Online Limited. I'm an active member of the 'Inclusive Curriculum - Community of Practice' group; and also a member of the 'Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity subcouncil' (HLS).

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Updated on September 2, 2021
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