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Accessibility for Windows Media Player Videos: Captions

How to Display Captions

The following instructions apply to the Windows Media player. The steps to be followed depend upon the version of the player installed. Note: After making the selections described, it may be necessary to close down Windows Media player and restart it for the changes you have made to take effect.

Windows Media Player 8

When the player window opens turn captions on by:

  1. Selecting "View" in the menu bar,
  2. Select the option "Now Playing Tools",
  3. Select the "Captions" sub option.

Note: It may be necessary to close down Windows Media player and restart it for the changes to take effect.

Windows Media Player 9

The WMV Player must be in "Full Mode" (select Control+F1) rather than "Skins Mode" since few of the Skins support closed captions. When the player window opens turn captions on by:

  1. Selecting "Play" in the menu bar (keyboard equivalent: Alt+P),
  2. From the drop down menu select "Captions and Subtitles
  3. Select the option "English Captions".

Note: It may be necessary to close down Windows Media player and restart it for the changes to take effect.

Windows Media Player 10

The WMV Player must be in "Full Mode" (select Control+F1) rather than "Skins Mode" since few of the Skins support closed captions. When the player window opens turn captions on by:

  1. Selecting "Tools" from the menu bar (keyboard equivalent: Alt+T),
  2. Select "Options"
  3. Select the "Security" tab
  4. Check the box "Show local captions when present"
  5. Select the "OK" button.
  6. Turn captions on by selecting "Play" then option "Captions and Subtitles" then sub option "On if Available". 

Note: It may be necessary to close down Windows Media player and restart it for the changes to take effect.

Windows Media Player 11

When the player window opens turn captions on by:

  1. Selecting "Play" in the menu bar (keyboard equivalent: Alt+P),
  2. From the drop down menu select  "Lyrics, Captions and Subtitles"
  3. Select the option "On if Available".

Note: It may be necessary to close down Windows Media player and restart it for the changes to take effect.

Please note that it is recommended that you choose to view the video from the FDA page rather than downloading the video file to preserve captioning. If the video is downloaded captions may not be displayed because your WMV player cannot find the captioning ("SAMI") file stored on the web server.

Page Last Updated: 11/11/2013
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