Here are answers to some common questions about specifying language settings in for Windows Media files and DVDs in Windows Media Player. Note that not all Windows Media files and DVDs support multiple languages.

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How do I set the soundtrack language for one file or DVD?

Click the Play menu, point to Audio and Language Tracks, and then click the appropriate language. A bullet appears next to the language that is currently selected.

If you change the soundtrack language while progressively downloading a file, the file restarts from the beginning.

How do I set the soundtrack language for all Windows Media files or DVDs?

Click the Play menu, point to Audio and Language Tracks, and then click Defaults. The Default Language Settings dialog box is displayed. In the Audio language list, click the language in which you want the soundtrack to play by default.

If you change the soundtrack language while progressively downloading a file, the file restarts from the beginning.

How do I set the language for one DVD menu?

Click the View menu, point to DVD Features, and then click Root Menu. Refer to the DVD on-screen menu for further instructions, if available.

How do I set the language for all DVD menus?

Click the Play menu, point to Audio and Language Tracks, and then click Defaults. The Default Language Settings dialog box is displayed. In the DVD menu list, click the language in which you want DVD menus to be displayed.

How do I set the language for captions and subtitles for one file or DVD?

Click the Play menu, point to Lyrics, Captions, and Subtitles, and then click the appropriate language or other option. A bullet appears next to the language or option that is currently selected.

How do I set the language for all captions and subtitles?

Click the Play menu, point to Audio and Language Tracks, and then click Defaults. In the Captions and subtitles list, click the language in which you want the captions and subtitles for DVDs to be displayed. To always display closed captions instead of subtitles, click Closed Captions in the list.

Note

  • Player performance may degrade when displaying closed captions or subtitles on computers with limited video memory.