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Speaker notes are helpful for talking points as you present a slideshow. In Google Slides, you can add notes to each slide, edit or remove them as needed, and of course, display them during the presentation.

View and Add Speaker Notes in Google Slides

You have a few convenient ways to open the Speaker Notes section below your slide as you create your presentation.

  • Double-click the three dots at the bottom of the Google Slides window.
  • Drag up using the three dots at the bottom to resize the Speaker Notes section as you please.
  • Click View > Show Speaker Notes in the menu to select it.

Once you have the Speaker Notes area displayed below your slide, you can simply click inside the section to add your notes.

Add Speaker Notes in Google Slides

You can also use the Google Slides toolbar to format your notes. Change the font style or size, apply color, bold, or italics, or use a numbered or bulleted list.

Format options for Speaker Notes

To hide the Speaker Notes again, reverse the action you did for opening them.

  • Double-click the three dots at the top of the Speaker Notes section.
  • Drag down using the three dots until the section vanishes.
  • Click View > Show Speaker Notes in the menu to deselect it.

Hide Speaker Notes in Google Slides by dragging them down

Edit or Remove Speaker Notes

To edit your speaker notes, open them and just make your changes. Your edits are saved automatically just like any other changes you make as you create your presentation.

To remove speaker notes, select all of the text and press Delete on your keyboard.

Display Speaker Notes During a Presentation

You can begin a Google Slides presentation by hitting “Present” at the top of the screen or by clicking the arrow and selecting “Presenter View” or “Present From Beginning.”

Present slideshow in Google Slides

To start the show with your notes in hand, choose “Presenter View.” This displays your slideshow in your main browser window and places your presenter notes in a smaller external window that you can move or resize.

Notes during a presentation

If you use the “Present” or “Present From Beginning” options, you can still access your notes using the Presenter Toolbar. Be sure to take your presentation out of full-screen view first. Otherwise, your notes will display in full-screen mode.

Move your cursor to the bottom left of the slideshow and you’ll see this toolbar display. Open the Options Menu using the three dots on the right and select “Exit Full Screen.”

Then to view your notes, open the Options Menu and select “Open Speaker Notes.”

Like Presenter View, this opens your notes in a smaller window that you can place where you like.

Since the above options all place your Speaker Notes in their own window, you can click the X to close that window at any time if you no longer need your notes.

Speaker notes are not only useful when practicing your presentation, but also when showtime comes. If you’re still getting used to all that Google Slides has to offer, check out our helpful beginner’s guide to Google Slides for additional tips.

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