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When I play a video in VLC it always starts with subtitles! I don't want this! I want subtitles OFF until I choose to turn them ON.

I tried unchecking 'enable sub-pictures' in the preferences menu, but this removed the subtitle user interface entirely, making it difficult to get subtitles on the occasions I really do want them (foreign films).

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  1. Browse to the menu Tools / Preferences / (Show settings: All) / Input/Codecs
  2. Then set 'Subtitles Track ID' to 0

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per http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=62294

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+1 Warning to others, there's also an option just above Subtitles Track ID called just Subtitles Track that won't work. What a complicated way do disable something that should be disabled by default. I mean really, how often does the average person actually want their native language subtitled? –  chaiguy Jun 16 '13 at 1:47
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wow so obvious how did I miss that ಠ_ಠ –  Damon Dec 11 '13 at 3:10
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Completely unintuitive. –  Koobz Jan 8 at 7:18

Setting it to 0 doesn't always work. It works about 50% of the time. I set mine to 99 which seems to work better ;-)

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The accepted answer didn't work for me, but this did. Thank you. –  nc01 Sep 21 '13 at 8:22

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