How to Add and Work with Speaker Notes in Google Slides

How to Add and Work with Speaker Notes in Google Slides | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

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
  • If you can’t see this text field, click View → Show speaker notes.
Show speaker notes

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:
Accesing the presenting 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

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

Previuos slides and the next slides

- 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

- 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

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