How to Add and Work with Speaker Notes in Google Slides

Speaker notes are very useful when giving presentations. These help you highlight the key concepts that you want to talk about in each slide, and they’re not visible for your audience. In this new Slidesgo School tutorial, you’ll learn how to create speaker notes and where to place them. You’ll also find out how to present using speaker notes

Adding Speaker Notes

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • At the bottom of the screen there’s a text field with the message “Click to add speaker notes”. The text that you enter here will be visible for you during your presentation, but not for your audience.
Adding speaker notes in Google Slides
Adding speaker notes
  • If you can’t see this text field, click View → Show speaker notes.
Showing the speaker notes text field in Google Slides
Showing the speaker notes text field

Using the Presenter View

  • To display the speaker notes during your presentation, you need at least two screens: one for the presentation and another for the notes.
  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to the Present button.
  • Select Presenter view. Your presentation will be displayed fullscreen and a new window will appear, where you can see some information and options:
Accessing the Presenter View in Google Slides
Accessing the Presenter View

- Timer: You can check how much time has passed since the beginning of your presentation. You can also pause or reset the timer by clicking the corresponding buttons. 

Timer options
Timer options

- Previous and Next: Click the corresponding thumbnail to go back to the previous slide or move on to the next slide. 

Previous slide and next slide
Previous slide and next slide

- Zoom: Next to the slide number you’ll find a “+” button and a “-” button. These allow you to increase or decrease the size of the speaker notes. 

Zoom options
Zoom options

- Audience Tools: This tab contains a button to allow questions from your audience, which will appear here. You must share the URL that appears above (it will also be displayed at the top of the main screen). If you don’t want to receive further questions, disable this option by clicking Off. 

Audience Tools tab
Audience Tools tab

Once you receive the first questions, you can click Present to display them on the main screen. To hide them again, just click Hide.

Displaying and hiding questions from the audience
Displaying and hiding questions