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How To Use Windows Media Player To Categorize, Organize, and Playback Your Favorite Music and Video Files

Overview Program Interface The Now Playing Interface In Windows Media Player The Windows Media Player Toolbar
   

Overview

This Flash presentation references Windows Media Player 11.
Overview

The following illustration shows what Windows media Player looks like on my machine. I tweaked the image to add reference arrows so that each section can be described in greater detail within the following sections.

Windows Media Player Tab View

1 Now playing view in Windows Media Player The Now Playing sections provides tools for playing back your favorite music and video files. You can also create new playlists, or add to exisiting playlists through this interface.
2 Library view in Windows Media Player The library view provides an interface for managing and playing back your favorite music and video files. Organize, categorize, and rate all your favorite songs and movies. Easily create playlists containing your favorite music.
3 Rip view in Windows Media Player The Rip interface allows you to rip an audio CD into WMA format or MP3 format (pending you have the right software codec installed). Ripping is restricted to the WMA format only and you will need to purchase a separate MP3 encoder to record directly into Mp3 format.
4 Burn view in Windows Media Player The Burn interface allows you to burn audio cds containing your favorite music files.
5 Sync view in Windows Media Player The Sync tab provides options for syncing music and video files to portable devices such as MP3 Players, Portable Video Players, and iPods.
The Now Playing Interface In Windows Media Player

This is the main interface in Windows Media Player in which you control how your music is played back. You can create new playlists that contain your favorite tracks, and you can pause, rewind, skip between tracks, and adjust the volume levels on your PC.

The Now Playing Interface

To Add Files To The Now Playing List you will need to drag and drop files from within Windows Explorer or another file manager.

Explanation Of Toolbar Commands

The Toolbar in Windows Media Player now playing interface.

Button Action
Turn Shuffle On Turns shuffle mode on. Shuffle is a play mode where tracks are played in random order.
Turn Repeat On Turns repeat mode on. Repeat mode is a play mode where a track is played repeatedly.
Stop Playback

Stops the current playback.

Previous Track Starts playing back the previous file. Holding down the button causes the toolbar to rewind the current track.
Next Track Starts playing the next track in the playlist. Holding down the button causes the toolbar to fast forward the current track.
Volume Control Controls the volume level of the playback. Drag the slider left to decrease the volume level; drag the slider right to increase the volume level.
Expand To Full Mode Expands the interface into Full Mode.

Congratulations! You now have a basic understanding of how the Windows Media Player program interface looks and operates.

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