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How to use subtitles and captions in Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite

How to use subtitles and captions in Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Note: Mac key convention: ‘Ctrl’ is used for ‘Control’, ‘Apple’ is used for ‘Command’ () and ‘Alt’ is used for the Option () key.

Note: For keyboard access make sure ‘Full keyboard access’ is turned on – you can turn it on or off; by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F1’ at any time.

Step 1

  • Open the ‘Apple Menu’ by clicking on the Apple icon () in the Menu Bar, or by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F2’
  • Click to select ‘System Preferences…’ as shown in Fig 1 or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press ‘Enter’.

Fig 1 - Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Subtitles and captions - Apple Menu
Fig 1.

Step 2

  • Click on the ‘ Accessibility ‘ icon or press ‘ Tab ‘ repeatedly to cycle through the icons until the ‘ Accessibility ‘ icon is highlighted with a blue border as shown in Fig 2 and then press the ‘ Spacebar ‘.

Fig 2 - Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Subtitles and captions - System Preferences Accessibility
Fig 2.

  • Click on ‘Captions’or press ‘ Tab ‘to highlight one of the items of the left-hand list and then press the up and down arrow key to select the ‘Captions’ tab (Fig 3).

Fig 3 - Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Subtitles and captions - Accessibility Captions
Fig 3.

  • In this window you can set the type of captions and subtitles that you prefer and their appearance.
  • Check the option ‘Prefer closed captions and SDH’ if you prefer captions intended for the deaf and hard of hearing (Fig 4). By checking this option, the system will display captions by default whenever they are available in multimedia contents.

Fig 4 - Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Subtitles and captions - Closed Captions
Fig 4.

  • To change the appearance of the captions and subtitles, select one of the three available styles – Default, Classic, and Large Text (Fig 5). If none of them suits you, you can create your own style by clicking the ‘+’ sign. Bear in mind, however, that these settings don’t apply to all videos. You will find some websites and apps that might have their own caption controls for multimedia content.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.

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