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Presentation Translator will be retired soon

The Presentation Translator add-in for PowerPoint is no longer available for download, beginning July 31, 2020. You can use the native translation features of PowerPoint to translate your slides and to add live captioning and subtitling to your presentations.

If you have already downloaded Presentation Translator, the add-in will continue to work, however technical support and updates to the service will no longer be provided. We recommend that you use the native translation features in PowerPoint, described below.

Using the native translation features of PowerPoint


To translate text in PowerPoint, select the text then navigate to the Review tab and select Translate.

Live subtitles and captions

You can provide translated subtitles to your presentations on the Slide Show ribbon tab by selecting Subtitle Settings.

  • Use Spoken Language to see the voice languages that PowerPoint can recognize and select the one you want. This is the language that you will be speaking while presenting.
  • Use Subtitle Language to see which languages PowerPoint can display on-screen as captions or subtitles and select the one you want. This is the language of the text that will be shown to your audience. Choosing the same language as your Spoken Language allows you to provide closed captioning. This is especially relevant for accessibility for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

You can turn subtitles on and off by using the subtitle toggle in the Slide Show View or Presenter View.

Learn more about adding subtitles and captioning in the Microsoft Office website.

PowerPoint Live Presentations

If your presentation requires subtitles in multiple languages at once, PowerPoint’s Live Presentation feature is native within PowerPoint for the web. With Live Presentations, audience members can see a presentation on their own devices and read live subtitles in their preferred language while you speak.

Live Presentations is currently only available for PowerPoint for the web. To use the feature, you will first need to save your presentation to the web.

In the Slide Show ribbon tab, select Present Live.

A QR code will appear on the screen. Audience members can scan the code and the presentation deck will load in their devices’ web browser, there is no need for them to install anything.

As you speak, subtitles will be displayed on the audience members’ screen below the deck. They can select the language of their choice in the language selection option.

Learn more about Live Presentations in Microsoft Office Support.

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