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Turn on captions and subtitles in the player

  • For any video, if captions exist, click the CC button


  • Or, to select specific captions, click the Settings icon

      Stream hotkeys Settings icon

      Stream hotkeys CC

For information about adding captions to videos you own, see Add subtitles or captions to your video.

Live captioning in the player

Live captions can be displayed in the player if the live event you are watching is being encoded by a live encoder that supports CEA 708 pass through captions and if the event's production team has set up a means to create those captions (for example: a live stenographer.) If this is the case, CC will be displayed and toggling it will show the captions just like their VOD counterparts. If you want to manually select them, click the captions/subtitles menu and choose Live CC.

Change the look of captions and subtitles

You can change how the captions and subtitles are rendered in Microsoft Stream. You can make the text larger or change the text/background color of the captions.

Stream hotkeys captions and settings

Stream hotkeys expanded menu

Hot keys

In order to use hot keys, you must have focus of the player. When focus is on the player, hot keys can control the player functionality. The table below describes the various hot keys and their associated behavior:




Player will enter/exit FullScreen mode*


Player volume will mute/unmute

Up and Down Arrow

Player volume will increase/decrease

Left and Right Arrow

Video progress will increase /decrease


Video progress will be changed to 0%- 90% depending on the key pressed

Click Action, Spacebar

Video will play/pause

*FullScreen mode is not supported in certain versions of Internet Explorer 11.

Important: Microsoft 365 apps and services will not support Internet Explorer 11 starting August 17, 2021 (Microsoft Teams will not support Internet Explorer 11 or earlier, starting November 30, 2020.) Learn more. Please note that Internet Explorer 11 will remain a supported browser. Internet Explorer 11 is a component of the Windows operating system and follows the Lifecycle Policy for the product on which it is installed.

Tab focus

You can navigate and control the video player without requiring usage of a mouse. This can be done by navigating with Tab (forward) and Shift+Tab (backward) on the various control elements. To select a button or open a menu, use the spacebar or Enter key on the keyboard.

Menus will expand on selection. To navigate through menu items, press the up and down arrow keys and continue tabbing through to select a menu item. After you have context of the item you want to select, press Enter or the spacebar again to complete the selection.

Screen readers

Screen readers are capable of reading UI elements based on HTML standards. When you have a screen reader enabled, simply navigate through the player elements to read the various UI elements. Additional configurations can be set by the users screen reader settings.

High contrast

The player is viewable with with most device/browser high contrast view modes. Configurations can be set in the browser or operating system level.

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