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When I play a movie with external subtitles, VLC shows all subtitles in italic and/or bold, depending on font - I tested:

  • Arial, Times New Roman: everything appears italic, regardless of whether it's marked with <i>. <b>-marked text appears bold+italic.
  • Tahoma, Calibri, Cambria: everything appears bold, regardless of whether it's marked with <b>. <i>-marked text appears bold+italic.
  • Georgia: everything appears bold+italic, regardless of <b> and <i>.
  • Garamond, Verdana: all text appears correctly.


  • VLC 2.1.1 on Windows 8.1 (ever since VLC 2.0.5 on Windows 8)
  • Subtitles default encoding is set to Default (Windows-1252), happens regardless to encoding
  • Happens with all .srt subtitles
  • I've tried to disable formatted subtitles, in both "Kate overlay decoder" (WTH is that anyways) and "Text subtitles decoder". It disables formatting - but the default style still happens, according to the font (example: Arial - everything is italic).
  • I don't have font problems outside of VLC subtitles.
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Did you tried running Reset VLC media player preferences ? –  Lamb Feb 22 '13 at 19:19
Yes I did - no effect. –  Jonathan Feb 22 '13 at 20:09
This is a known issue in Windows 8. No fix yet. See this VLC forum thread: forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=104049 –  user203117 Feb 28 '13 at 16:51
The title is misleading. Can someone rephrase it so it's not ambiguous? –  user1306322 Dec 20 '13 at 13:20

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Change the subtitle language to "Unknown" or "None"

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How would I do that? Options only have "preferred subtitle language", and that doesn't change anything. –  Jonathan May 12 at 5:41

Change tha font from Arial (or whatever is set) to Garamond or Verdana

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I changed subtitles font to Calibri and it worked.

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