The other night on my Windows Media Center PC, I was watching the season premier of "The Walking Dead". I couldn't turn up the volume too loud to disturb the family, but yet didn't want to miss the dialog. So I dug around find out how turn on close captioning in Windows Media Center. It turns out it's a pretty involved process to activate a simple feature. You have hit the round Windows Media Center button on the upper left, go to Tasks, then pick settings, then TV, and select "Closed Captioning". See the screen shot below:
But the problem is I want to be easily turn on CC on or off. It turns out that there is a hotkey combination you can do on your keyboard to access this feature. I stumbled upon it accidentally a while ago, but couldn't remember it. But after pressing some key combinations, I got it again- it is:
Once you press that keystroke combination, the bottom portion of the screen will slide in and show the options for close-captioning in Windows Media Center.
Now just use the Down arrow key to go to CC1 (or CC2, etc), then press the ENTER key to activate it. Alternatively you can use the mouse to selection the options as well. This is a much quicker and less involved way to turn on (or off) closed-captioning in WMC than having to go to the settings to turn it on. Cheers.