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How to Customize Windows 11 Live Captions

The position, style, and other settings for Live Captions can now be modified. Here’s how to customize Windows 11’s Live Captions.

Live Captions, a new feature in Windows 11, instantly converts the audio being played on your device into readable text when it is enabled. Generally speaking, this feature is referred to as close captions or subtitles. In-depth instructions on how to enable Live Captions in Windows 11 are already available on WindowsLoop.

By default, the Live Captions appear on a persistent top bar with a black background and white text. If necessary, you can change how the Live Captions look and where they appear. You can, for example, change the Live Captions position from top to bottom or make it appear as a floating window. You can also change the Live Captions color and background.

The good thing is that Windows 11 makes it easy to customize the look and feel of Live Captions. All it takes is a few clicks.

Without further ado, let me show you how to change Live Captions text, background, and position in Windows 11.

Table of contents:

Change Live Captions position

By default, the Live Captions appear on a persistent top bar. If needed, you can change the Live Captions position. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Turn on Live Captions.
  2. Click the “Settings” icon on the bar.
  3. Go to the “Position” menu.
  4. Select the position of your choice.
  5. With that, you changed the Live Captions position in Windows 11.

Steps with more details:

First thing, launch Live Captions. i.e., turn on Live Captions. The Live Captions are displayed at the top of the screen by default.

Go to the “Positions” menu by clicking the “Settings” (Gear) icon. Choose your preferred position from this menu. For example, to move Live Captions from top to bottom, choose the “Bottom” option. Alternatively, select “Floating bar” to display Live Captions in a separate floating window. A floating window lets you place Live Captions anywhere on the screen.

change live captions position

Modify Live Captions background and text color

You can change the text color, font, and background color of the Live Captions to make it look and feel as you want. Here is how to do it.

  1. Launch Live Captions.
  2. Click the “Settings” icon.
  3. Click the “Caption Style” option.
  4. Press the “Edit” button in the “Caption Style” section.
  5. Go through the Text, Background, and Windows tab to change color, size, font family, and more.
  6. Settings are automatically saved and applied.
  7. Close the Settings app.
  8. With that, you have changed the Live Captions text color, font family, and background color.

Steps with more details:

First, use the “Win + Ctrl + L” keyboard shortcut to launch Live Captions. Then, click the “Settings” icon on the Live Captions bar and select the “Caption style” option.

caption style

This action will open the “Accessibility > Captions” page in the Settings app. You can select a pre-defined caption style from the dropdown menu.

Or, click the “Edit” button in the “Caption Style” section to further personalize the look and feel of Live Captions.

click edit

Here, go through the Text, Background, and Window tabs to change font family, font color, font size & effects, font opacity, background color, background opacity, window color, and window opacity.

customize live captions style (look and feel)

All changes are saved and applied automatically.

You can safely close the Settings app after making the necessary changes.

Enable Live Captions profanity filter

Live Captions allow you to filter profanities as and when they appear. As you can guess, this is a helpful feature. For example, filtering out profanities is good when configuring Live Captions in a restrictive environment like for children or in offices. Here’s how to do it.

  1. First, open Live Captions.
  2. Click the “Settings” icon.
  3. Go to the “Caption filters.”
  4. Select the “Filter profanity” option.
  5. With that, the profanity filter is enabled.
filter profanity in live captions

Live Captions for Microphone

You can set Live Captions to monitor your microphone and display closed captions of what you’re saying in real-time. As you can expect, this is an excellent feature for presentations and online classes. Here’s how to enable it.

  1. First, open Live Captions.
  2. Click the “Settings” icon.
  3. Go to the “Caption filters.”
  4. Select the “Include microphone” option.
  5. With that, Live Captions will start monitoring your microphone and show closed captions accordingly.
live captions for microphone

That’s it. Customizing Live Captions in Windows 11 is that simple.

I hope my simple Windows 11 how-to article was helpful to you.

If you are stuck or require assistance, please email me, and I will do my best to assist you.

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