Windows Media Player language settings: frequently asked questions


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

All of the language settings are found in the Play and View menus in the Player Library. If the Play or View menus aren't visible, you'll need to show the menu bar. To do so, click Organize, point to Layout, and then select Show menu bar. For more information about the menu bar, see Show or hide the menu bar in Windows Media Player.

To open the Player Library, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player. If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player. For more information about the Player Library, see Getting started with Windows Media Player.
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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 point appears next to the language that's currently selected.

    Note

    • If you change the soundtrack language while downloading a file, the file will restart from the beginning.

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

  1. Click the Play menu, point to Audio and language tracks, and then click Defaults. The Default Language Settings dialog box is displayed.

  2. In the Audio language list, click the language you want the soundtrack to play in by default.

Note

  • If you change the soundtrack language while downloading a file, the file will restart from the beginning.

How do I set the language for one DVD menu?

  1. Click the View menu, point to DVD features, and then click Root menu.

  2. Refer to the DVD on-screen menu for further instructions, if available.

How do I set the language for all DVD menus?

  1. Click the Play menu, point to Audio and language tracks, and then click Defaults. The Default Language Settings dialog box is displayed.

  2. In the DVD menu list, click the language you want DVD menus to be displayed in.

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 point appears next to the language or option that is currently selected.

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

  1. Click the Play menu, point to Audio and language tracks, and then click Defaults.

  2. In the Lyrics, captions, and subtitles list, click the language you want the captions and subtitles for DVDs to be displayed in. To always display closed captions instead of subtitles, click (Closed Captions) in the list.

Note

  • Player performance might be impacted when displaying closed captions or subtitles on computers with limited video memory.