How to Move Subtitles in VLC Player

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When you’re watching movies or videos from different countries, subtitles are super helpful. But what if they’re blocking something important on the screen or just not where you want to look? Good news! If you’re using VLC Media Player, you can move those subtitles around. This guide will show you how, step by step.

Also see: How to Add Subtitles to Video in Windows 11

How to Move Subtitles in VLC Player

Why move subtitles in VLC?

Moving subtitles in VLC Media Player can make your video watching better in a few ways:

  1. Stop subtitles from covering important stuff. Sometimes, videos have important text or things happening at the bottom where subtitles usually are. Moving them means you won’t miss out.
  2. Make subtitles easier to read. If the video’s background makes the subtitles hard to see, moving them to a clearer spot can help a lot.
  3. Comfort. Everyone likes their subtitles in different spots, depending on where you’re sitting or how your screen is set up. You can choose where they go.

Useful tip: Convert SRT to 3D Subtitles and Add them to 3D Movies

How to move subtitles in VLC player

To move subtitles in VLC, just follow these steps:

  1. Start VLC and play your video: Open VLC Media Player and start the video you want to watch.Add subtitles in video on VLC
  2. Go to Preferences: Click “Tools” at the top, then choose “Preferences”. This opens a window where you can change settings.VLC Tools Preferences
  3. Find the subtitle settings: Click on the “Subtitles/OSD” tab to see subtitle options.Subtitles OSD options in VLC
  4. Adjust subtitle position: Look for “Force subtitle position”. This lets you change where subtitles show up on the screen. A bigger number moves them up. Try 800 or 900 for the top, or around 400 for the middle.VLC Force subtitle position option
  5. Save your settings: Click “Save” after you pick your spot. You might need to restart the video or VLC to see the change.How to Move Subtitles in VLC

Note: If subtitles don’t move, they might be part of the video itself and can’t be adjusted in VLC.

Relevant guide: How to Download Subtitles in VLC on Windows 11

VLC “Force subtitle position” not working

Usually, moving subtitles in VLC is easy, but sometimes it doesn’t work. Here’s why that might happen:

  1. Sometimes, you need to restart VLC or the video for changes to show up.
  2. If subtitles are built into the video, you can’t move them with VLC.VLC Force subtitle position not working
  3. Make sure you’re using the latest version of VLC for all its features to work right.
  4. If the position value is too high or low, subtitles might go off the screen. Adjust it until it’s just right.
  5. Some subtitle formats might not work with this feature. Try using .srt files if you can.

Note that how subtitles act can depend on the video and how the subtitles were made.

Linked issue: VLC’s VLSub Error Code “401 Unauthorized” (200)

Other subtitle problems in VLC

Here are some common subtitle issues in VLC and how to fix them:

  1. Subtitles not moving – This could be because of the subtitle file itself. Check the file for errors or weird formatting.
  2. Subtitles vanish when moved – If you set the position too high or low, they might disappear. Adjust slowly to find the right spot.
  3. Changes not saving – This might happen if VLC doesn’t have enough permissions. Try running it as an administrator and then save again.

Related resource: How to Stream Video From Link Online or Locally

One last advice

VLC Media Player lets you tweak lots of things, including where subtitles show up. This can make watching videos way better with subtitles. But, if you’re having trouble moving subtitles, it’s probably because of how the subtitle file is made. Some files have special settings that tell subtitles where to be, and VLC might not be able to change that. If you’ve tried everything and it’s still not working, try getting a different subtitle file. Different files might work better because they don’t all have the same settings or formats.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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