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Closed captions let you read the words that are spoken in the audio part of a video or television show. When closed captioning is turned on, closed captions are usually displayed at the bottom of the screen. Closed captions are often used by people with hearing disabilities and by viewers who would rather read than listen to the audio portion of a video.

For more information about closed caption guidelines in the United States, see the Federal Communications Commission Closed Captioning Guide.

Turn on closed captions on your Windows 10 computer

To turn on closed captioning:

  1. On a Windows 10 PC that’s playing a video, right-click or tap-and-hold anywhere on the video. A menu bar will appear at the bottom of the screen. If closed captioning is available, a CC icon will be displayed.

  2. Tap or click the CC icon.

  3. Tap or click the language you want to see closed captions in. Closed captioning will now appear on your screen.

    Note If closed captioning is not available for the video, a pop-up window will display “Not available.”

Customize your closed captions

To customize the way your closed captions appear on Windows 10:

  1. On a Windows 10 PC, go to Settings.

  2. Tap or clickEase of Access.

  3. Tap or click Closed captions.

  4. Customize how closed captions will be displayed on your screens.
    Note Your changes will be reflected in the Preview pane at the top of the window as you make them.
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You can customize the following settings:


  • Caption color

  • Caption transparency

  • Caption style

  • Caption size

  • Caption effects

Background and window

  • Background color

  • Background transparency

  • Window color

  • Window transparency

Selecting Restore to defaults will return the settings to their original state when Windows 10 was first installed.

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