Microsoft Windows 11 22H2 includes the free Live Captions app to its basic installation, supplying another powerful availability assistance tool for those who need it.
Image: Mark Kaelin/TechRepublic. Live captioning a video or other multimedia discussion can be very practical to individuals needing accessibility support. In the past, Microsoft has actually offered live captioning functions in apps like Microsoft Teams and Skype previously, but not in a basic Windows app. However, with the release of Windows 11 22H2, a separate stand-alone app is now available to those people who require it.
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Once allowed, Live Captions in Windows 11 will instantly caption nearly any video or other multimedia presentation being displayed or streamed on your screen. Live captioning video conference meetings or multimedia presentations can help people needing availability support with engagement and understanding, for that reason improving overall interaction to all workers and stakeholders without deploying amazing or pricey solutions.
How to allow live captioning in Windows 11 22H2
Once Windows 11 22H2 is set up, you will discover the Live Captions app someplace on the Start menu. To discover it quickly, type “live captions” into the Start menu search box and after that select the suitable result. When you first begin Live Captions, as displayed in Figure A, you will have to consent to the regional processing of voice data.
Image: Mark Kaelin/TechRepublic. Assuming that is an appropriate condition, click the concur button to start automatically captioning. Once that preliminary condition is agreed upon, Live Captions may be toggled on by using this keyboard combination faster way: Windows key + CTRL + L. The position of the overlaid box showing the captioned material can be pinned to the top or the bottom of the screen, or you may choose to permit it to drift and move it anywhere on the screen you would like.
To access other design settings like color and contrast, you will have to browse to the correct settings screen. Open Windows 11 Settings, click the Ease of access item from the left-hand navigation bar, scroll down the list of features and then click Captions to reach the settings screen shown in Figure B.
Image: Mark Kaelin/TechRepublic. When Live Captions is on, the text of whatever is being spoken in a video or into a microphone will be transcribed and displayed in an overlaid text box. As you can see in Figure C, the content of the TechRepublic video of Windows PowerToys is being captioned immediately.
Image: Mark Kaelin/TechRepublic.
Live Captions is an essential addition to the readily available ease of access tools for Windows 11. This complimentary and basic feature will assist make sure all staff members and stakeholders in your organization can engage, comprehend and act upon crucial info as it is distributed. The Live Captions app does not require Microsoft 365, Azure or Microsoft Teams to operate. Because it is now simply part of the basic Windows 11 setup, Live Captions ought to be used as required by anyone who requires to use it.