How To Add Subtitles In Windows Media Player

For Windows How-To

Wouldn’t it be great if you can add subtitle to Windows Media Player?  It will make it easier to watch media files on your computer. When you are interested in watching videos with Windows Media Player, you can avail the subtitles feature. Windows Media Player. For the Windows version before 10, the default media player was set to Windows Media Player. If you use Windows 10, look for Windows Media Player from the Search bar on the Start Menu. You can customize the settings to make it your default media player.

How Do I Turn On Subtitles In Windows Media Player?

Here are the steps to add subtitles in Windows Media player. You can follow through the instructions for having subtitles on your downloaded videos. The subtitles file needs to be downloaded on your system.

Once, you have your video file, and the subtitle file on your system, you can save them together in a folder. This method will work as it starts with the following steps:

Step 1: Launch Windows Media Player on your system.


Step 2: Go to your folder where the video file and the subtitle file is saved.


Step 3: Change the name of both the files as same with a different file extension. Here, we have used Test Video 1 and changed our subtitle file’s name accordingly. Change the name of either of them to the same as others.



Step 4: To open the video file, right-click on it, and from the properties, select Open With Windows Media Player.

Step 5: Once the video starts playing, you need to move your cursor on the window, and right-click on it. Under the option, go to Lyrics, captions, and subtitles, and click on it.


Step 6: The status is Off on default, and you need to click On if available to turn on the subtitles.



Step 7: If you are facing trouble playing the subtitles with the video file, try to change the format of the subtitles file.

Step 8: You need to download the Advanced Codec which is a third-party tool. It helps you to convert the digital data stream. You can easily download it from its official website.

Once you are done with the installation, run the program as administrator.

Click on the type of file format you are using, here we use an MP4 file, and therefore open that tab. Now go to the option of “disable Media Foundation for MP4”, and check the box in front of it. This option will help you in adding subtitles to the video which you are playing in Windows Media Player.

Step 9: Re-open the Windows Media player and play your video, this time you will see that the video plays with the subtitles.


In this simple way, you learnt how to add subtitles in Windows Media player. The external subtitles can be added to a video while you play it on Windows Media player, which might or might not be your default player. Name both the files with the same name and remember to follow the steps to add subtitles to a video on Windows Media Player.

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What Do You Think?


  • Shashank
    How do I find subtitles for my media files? And how do I know it is a file with subtitles? Is it SRT files?

    2 years ago Reply
    • Mridula Nimawat
      You can check these websites for subtitles. If the file contains the subtitles, right click on the video playing and click on Lyrics,captions and subtitles and select ‘On if Available’ and it will show the subtitles. SRT files are the most commonly used file formats for subtitles.

      2 years ago Reply
  • Shashank
    Thank you for your reply. I cannot see the links of the websites to download subtitles in the comment. Can you please send them again.. thanks

    2 years ago Reply

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