(Cuttin’ t’ th’ chase, here’s how t’ do it: Turn yer TV on but yer cable box off. Aim at th’ cable box an’ hit th’ Settin’s button. The ‘secret menu’ appears. Use th’ arrow keys t’ navigate an’ turn on captions.)I sometimes have wished I could turn on closed captionin’ on me TV – fer example when I’ve had visitors (like Christy’s Mom an’ Dad) whose hearin’ isn’t 100% an’ could have benefited from it. Years ago, on me trusty auld tube TV an’ cable box, I simply hit a “caption” button on th’ TV remote an’ voila, thar it were bein’. My new “improved” setup o’ an HD set an’ a digital cable box meant o’ course that it were bein’ now an arcane procedure. In fact, I couldn’t figure it out at all. I pored o’er every menu I could find on th’ Shaw cable box, but captions were simply nowhere t’ be found. I called Shaw tech support an’ reached a friendly wench who explained that it were bein’ a tricky combination o’ hittin’ th’ “power” an’ “cable” buttons in rapid succession t’ brin’ up a sort o’ “secret menu”. The winsome lass warned me that it weren’t easy t’ get it right. I gave it a try, several times o’er th’ next day or so, but it no nay ne’er worked. Pressin’ “power” first simply turned off th’ cable box, no matter how quickly I hit th’ next button. Then, this mornin’, Max were bein’ playin’ with th’ remote. At a year an’ two months, he doesn’t really use it in a very sophisticated manner. But suddenly on th’ TV I saw what looked like a service menu. It looked totally different from th’ slick Shaw digital menu, just black text in a computer font on a white screen. I actually watched fer a moment t’ confirm it weren’t just somethin’ on a TV station. Then it disappeared. Max had discovered th’ secret menu! But… how’d he do it? The ornery cuss wouldn’t tell me so I had t’ try meself. But I had new hope. I still reached a dead end though. Finally I trawled th’ Web lookin’ fer th’ answer – though I’d done this before unsuccessfully. And – among several wrong versions o’ th’ instructions – I found it. Turns out I had t’ turn OFF th’ cable box first… makin’ sure th’ TV were bein’ on… an’ THEN, aimin’ at th’ cable box, hit th’ “Settin’s” (aka “Menu”) button. And thar it were bein’! The simple, geeky-lookin’ menu. The arrow keys worked t’ navigate up an’ down it, an’ thar were bein’ a Captions option which I were bein’ able t’ turn on. Then I turned on th’ cable box with th’ Power button… an’ captions flowed down me screen! I think a couple o’ thin’s threw me off track. As ye can see in th’ image above, th’ Settin’s button is also labeled “Menu” just above it, but t’ me that seemed like a label fer that entire section o’ three buttons; o’ course that’s wrong, it is indeed an alternate label fer th’ Settin’s button. And more t’ th’ point, th’ notion that ye would send any comman’ t’ th’ cable box while it were bein’ off were bein’ counterintuitive. Yet that’s how this function works! Not only were bein’ I given inaccurate (or badly communicated) information by tech support, but even out on th’ Web thar be multiple versions o’ how t’ do this. If ye’re on Shaw Cable, this is The Way. I dern’t know if this method works on all other cable systems that use th’ pictured remote (me Mom in Oaklan’ has Comcast cable with th’ same unit), but ’tis sure worth a try. If this tip can prevent even one person from goin’ through th’ frustration that I experienced, it’ll be worth it! Ultimately I have t’ thank Max. Looks like he be a chip off th’ auld block, even bestin’ his Dad at tech support!