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Google Slides: How to Add Speaker Notes

Google Slides: How to Add Speaker Notes

To create quality presentations in Google Slides, you must use its various tools and features. You can even use Screencastify for your Slide presentations. One feature that’s very important but often overlooked is speaker notes. They are available in Google Slides and are incredibly helpful when giving complex presentations. But most people don’t even know about speaker notes in Google Slides. Follow this guide to learn everything about it.

What Are Speaker Notes in Google Slides?

Speaker notes in Google Slides will help you deliver your presentations with more fluidity. It enables you to highlight texts and key points in your presentation and add notes. That way, you have a quick guide to help you while presenting. People viewing the Slides can’t see the speaker notes, so it doesn’t distract them.

How to Add Speaker Notes in Google Slides

Using Speaker Notes in Google Slides is a straightforward process, as long as you know where the option is. 

  1. Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Click View.
  3. Select Show speaker notes.
    Enabling Speaker Notes in Google Slides
  4. Use the Speaker Notes text box below.
    Using Speaker Notes in Google Slides

You will see all the added notes when using the Presenter View in Google Slides. It should appear like this:

Presenter View Showing Speaker Notes in Google Slide

Note: Speaker notes are enabled by default. But if you don’t see it immediately, click View and find the option to enable it from there.

As a reminder, you can link your Google Drive to Microsoft Teams for easy sharing of files.

How to Add Speaker Notes to Google Slides From Android or iPhone

If you’re on the road and want to make a few changes or reminders to your presentation, you can also use speaker notes via the Google Drive or Slides app on your iPhone or Android. 

  1. Open your presentation.
  2. Select the slide you want to add speaker notes to and then tap Edit slide.
    Editing slides in Google Slides mobile
  3. Tap the three-dot icon on the top right.
  4. Select Show speaker notes.
    Show speaker notes icon in Google Slides mobile
  5. Add your notes in the textbox.
    Speaker notes textbox on Google Slides

If you present using your phone, you won’t be able to see the speaker notes since there isn’t a presenter’s view on the mobile version of Google Slides. It’s highly recommended that you use your laptop or PC when presenting your slide.

Remember, you can scan documents to Google Drive and add them to your slide. It is also possible to add Google Sheets to a Google Slide presentation.

Make Presenting Easier

Speaker notes are a godsend for many people as they take away a lot of the worries that they may have while presenting. If you want to make sure that your presentation goes as smoothly as possible, make sure to take advantage of this feature. To get the most out of Google’s productivity suite, follow our guide on how to add a calendar to Google Sheets.


Q: Why can’t I add Speaker Notes in Google Slides?

A: The only thing that can prevent you from adding speaker notes is the view settings on a Google Slide file. Check if the ‘View speaker notes’ setting is toggled.

Q: How many speaker notes can I add to Google Slides?

A: You can add one speaker note per slide, but it can be as long as you want to. However, you can’t add elements other than texts to a speaker note text box.

Q: Can you share Google Slides without speaker notes?

A: Yes. Click File > Make a Copy, and then toggle the box next to Remove speaker notes to send it without any of your notes. On the other hand, leaving the box unchecked will make a copy of your files, with speaker notes included.

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Jonas Sunico

Oct 29, 2023

Jonas is a writer with over 6 years of experience in the tech and gaming industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from University of the East Philippines and is one of the proud leaders of the academe's Journalism Society. At heart, he's a hardcore tech junkie that loves video games, the latest gadgets, and the wonderful science behind social media and AI.

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