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Google Chrome Live Captions 

If you require captions on the content you are viewing there is a free live captioning solution available through Google Chrome. 

The latest version of Google Chrome (version 89) includes live captions. When turned on, captions will be added to any audio or video played in the browser, including live or pre-recorded sessions in Zoom, Moodle and Panopto. 

To enable this feature you will need to do the following (Mac or PC): 

Update Chrome to the latest version

Tip: Copy and paste this link into your browser to go directly to the relevant menu item: chrome://settings/help   

  1. Open Google Chrome. 
  2. Open the Chrome menu (the 3 dots in the top right corner next to your picture). 
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click About Chrome. From here you can see which version of Chrome you have and update to the latest version. 

Turn on captions 

Tip: copy and paste this link into your browser to go directly to the relevant menu item: chrome://settings/accessibility 

  1. Open the Chrome menu (the three dots in the top right corner, next to your picture). 
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click Advanced
  4. Under Accessibility there should be an option to turn Live Captions on or off. 
  5. The first time you turn on captions Chrome will download speech recognition files. 

Using captions in Chrome 

If live captions are enabled, Chrome will detect any audio and video in your browser and automatically display captions in a box at the bottom of the screen. You can reposition and resize the box, or close it by clicking the x. 

Live Captions will work for most audio and video if played through your Chrome browser, including Google Meet, Zoom, Moodle and Panopto.  


Disabled Students: a new tool to provide captions for any live, or pre-recorded learning and teaching content is now available on request.  

If you have a disability and have registered with the Disability Resource Centre, there is an enhanced captioning plug-in called Caption.Ed which the University is able to access for you. This service provides live captions to streamed content and live and recorded on-line teaching sessions, and also the ability to download transcripts.  

If you have registered with the DRC and would like to discuss Caption.Ed with one of the Advisors, please email with the subject line ‘Request to access Caption.Ed’. The DRC will then arrange to speak to you.  

Caption.Ed works on PCs and Apple Macs, and can be easily added to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Once installed, you will be able to start captioning learning and teaching content immediately. Caption size and background colour can be customised, and you also have the option to download a text transcript.

Caption.ED can now also be used to capture the spoken voice in in-person lectures - more information here (opens in new window)


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