VLC is my media player of choice. One of my only complaints is that it loads subtitles by default. It’d be really nice if you could have them off by default, with the option of loading them if you need them.
This is how you do that. Go to Preferences > Show All (in the lower left corner) > Video > Subtitles/OCD Here you’ll see some checkboxes. Uncheck Autodetect subtitle file.
And that’s that. You can still load subtitles manually by going to Video > subtitles track > Open file… Navigate to your subtitles file and it’ll be loaded.