How to Turn Subtitles Off on a TV

by Paul Lin ; Updated September 28, 2017

Subtitle features, also known as "Closed Captioning," were commissioned in July 1993 by the Federal Communications Commission primarily in favor of the hearing-impaired. The rule states that all televisions with a 13-inch or larger screen must be equipped with subtitle decoders. If the subtitles are getting in the way of your programming or you simply have no need for it, you can turn them off using your television remote.

Turn the TV on and press the "Menu" button on your remote. By pressing the "Menu" button, you will activate a pop-up screen with control settings for your television.

Scroll through the menu until you find a "closed caption" setting, sometimes written as "CC." Click the "Enter" button on your remote control to modify the settings.

Turn off the television subtitles by selecting the "Off" option. Depending on your television interface, turning closed caption settings off may be labeled as, "Disable Closed Captioning, "CC Off," or another similar option.

Exit the settings menu and select a television program. If the subtitles do not appear on the top or bottom of your television screen, your new settings have been applied.

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