How to Change VLC Subtitle Font Size, Custom Font Size

Other than the predefined font sizes, VLC lets you set a custom font size for subtitles. Here’re the steps to change VLC subtitle font size in Windows 10.

When it comes to media playback, especially videos, there is nothing that beats or comes even close to the VLC media player. No matter the file format, there is a high degree of chance that VLC can play it without installing or messing with custom or third-party codecs. One of the best things about VLC is its ability to find and show subtitles. In fact, VLC even has a neat little feature called VLsub that lets you download subtitles directly using name or hash.

By default, the VLC media player offers six different subtitle font sizes. i.e, Auto, Smaller, Small, Normal, Large, Larger. All these font sizes are relative to each other and don’t offer fine-grain control over the font size. For example, for most people, the “Smaller” subtitle size is still too big. In those cases, you can manually set the VLC subtitle font size in pixels. That way, you can control how big or small the subtitle font is.

Though the VLC subtitle font size options are hidden pretty deep in the settings panel, it is pretty easy to set up. Follow the steps listed below to change VLC subtitle font size in pixels.

Change VLC Subtitle Font Size – Set Subtitle Font Size in Pixels

To change the subtitle font size in the VLC media player, we have to access the advanced settings panel. Once you have it, you can manually set the subtitle font size in pixels. Here are the exact steps you should follow.

  1. First, open the VLC media player. You can do that by searching for it in the Start menu.
  2. Select the “Tools → Preferences” option on the top navigation bar.
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  3. In the Settings window, select the “All” option appearing on the bottom left corner.
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  4. Scroll down on the left panel and expand the “Subtitles/OSD” option.
  5. Select the “Text renderer” tab from the expanded menu.
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  6. On the right page, set the subtitle font size in pixels in the “Font size in pixels” field.
  7. Click the “Save” button to apply the changes.
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  8. Close and reopen the VLC media player to see the changes.

That is all. It is that simple to set VLC subtitle font size in pixels.

Wrapping Up

If you are into further customization, play with additional settings like font family, background color, outline color & size, font shadow, etc. Depending on the font size, you might be required to further customize its color, background, outline, and shadow settings. For example, if the font size is too small, the default outline settings may disfigure how the font appears in the actual subtitles. In my case, I’ve set the VLC subtitle font size to 20 pixels with a normal black outline and no shadow or background.

A quick tip: You can increase or decrease the subtitle font size by holding down the “CTRL key + Mouse Wheel Up/Down”.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to backup all VLC settings and keyboard shortcuts.

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