How to Adjust VLC Subs

Written by quinten plummer
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Subtitles are only as useful as they are visible. If a video's subtitle track is hard to read, you may find yourself lost in the video's dialogue. But because most subtitle tracks are text-based files, with the exception of hard-coded subtitles, your media player can be set to customise the appearance of subtitles. And if you use Video LAN's VLC media player to watch your videos, you have the ability to alter several elements of your media files' subtitle tracks.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch VLC from the program's shortcut on your desktop. Click on the program's "Tools" heading, and then click on the "Preferences" option in the "Tools" menu.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Subtitles & OSD" button in the "Preferences" menu.

  3. 3

    Enter the languages you'd like to use for subtitles into the "Preferred subtitles language" field. Enter the two- or three-letter country code for any desired languages, separating each language by a comma (e.g. USA, CN). Alternatively, you can type "any" into the field.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Font" menu box to select the type of font you'd like VLC player to use for subtitles. Click on the "Font Size" menu box to specify the size of the player's font, and click on the "Font Color" menu box to select the font's colour.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Effect" menu box to add an effect to VLC player's subtitle text. You can choose to add an "Outline," "Fat Outline" or "Background" to the player's subtitle text.

  6. 6

    Use the "Up" and "Down" arrows outside of the "Force Subtitle" field to raise or lower the height of the VLC player's subtitles. You may need to return to this field to tweak the height of the subtitles after viewing them.

  7. 7

    Click "Save" to store your changes.

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