If you want to add extra notes that only you can see during a presentation, try using the speaker notes section in Google Slides.

Speaker notes are a really useful feature because you can look at them to remember any important talking points while you’re presenting.

  • In Slides, underneath the main slide area, you’ll see a text box where you can type in notes. You can drag the bar upwards to give yourself more room to work.


  • When you start your slideshow and hit Present, your speaker notes aren’t displayed by default. Head down to the bottom of the screen and click on the gear icon > Open speaker notes.
  • Speaker notes will open in a new window, so if you’re displaying a presentation via a projector, a two-monitor setup works well (e.g., a laptop and an external monitor). Arrange the windows on different screens (i.e., move your notes window to your laptop so only you can see them). Your audience will only see your presentation.
  • As you advance through your presentation, your notes will advance too, so that they’ll match the current slide in your presentation. You can move to the previous or next slide while in this view as well.

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6 thoughts on “How to Use Speaker Notes in Google Slides

  1. Trine Arneng Reply

    Hello 🙂
    While editing a presentation, I need to close the speaker notes-window every time. Is it possible to set default NOT “show speaker notes” every time I open any presentation?

    I would be thankful for any answer 😀


  2. Paula Reply

    When I use PowerPoint the speaker notes do not project, why do they project with Google Slides? Setting up 2 monitors is not a very efficient way to present. Is this something Google can address? Is there a workaround that is easier?

    • J P Reply

      The projector shows whatever is on your screen. If you have the notes there they should be seen on the projector. To get around this, you set your computer to have an extended screen and then drag the presentation off of your screen to be seen by the projector. It is simple to set up.

  3. Russ Reply

    I want to use google slides presenter view using MacBook Air and Apple TV. So far, I can only get the mirror view using apple tv and I want it to work the way it is described in the slides notes-notes page on my laptop and the image view only on the screen (secondary monitor using appletv)

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