Microsoft PowerPoint for Web Introduces Caption and Subtitle Support for Videos


Microsoft has enhanced the web version of PowerPoint by introducing a feature that allows users to add captions and subtitles in multiple languages to videos within presentations.

This development follows Microsoft’s earlier addition of a feature to the web version of PowerPoint that enabled users to upload and insert videos into their presentations. The new capability to add captions and subtitles provides added flexibility for users who wish to watch a video in a presentation but may speak a different language or prefer not to turn up the volume.

Here’s how to add captions to videos in PowerPoint:

  1. Open the PowerPoint app on your desktop, either by creating a new presentation or opening an existing one.
  2. Click on the ‘Insert’ button on the ribbon bar. From the drop-down menu, select ‘Video’ and choose the ‘Insert Video from: This Device’ option.
  3. Choose the video you want to upload. Once done, click on the ‘Insert Captions’ button in the Video section. This will allow you to upload captions by selecting a file in WebVTT format.

Users can create WebVTT files using various apps and services, or even text editors like Notepad. It’s also possible to insert captions in multiple languages by naming files such as ‘MyClosedCaptions.en.vtt’ for English and ‘’ for Spanish.

Similar to the Closed Captions option on YouTube, users can easily display subtitles by clicking the ‘CC’ button at the bottom right of the video. Alternatively, users can access the captions menu quickly using the ‘Alt+J’ or ‘Option+J’ shortcut on Windows and Mac. This new feature enhances the accessibility and inclusivity of PowerPoint presentations, allowing users to cater to diverse language preferences and viewing situations.

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