Chapter 8: Creating Your Media Library with Windows Media Player
3. On the Customize the Installation Options page, use the checkboxes provided to
specify whether to add a shortcut to the desktop, the Quick Launch Toolbar, or
both. Click Next to continue.
4. On the Select the Default Music and Video Player page, you can set Windows
Media Player as the default music and video player and then click Finish to com-
plete the initial setup. Or, you can choose the file types that Windows Media Player
will play. In this case, when you click Finish, the Set Program Associations dialog
box is displayed, as shown in Figure 8-3. You will then need to:
a. Select checkboxes for file types for which Windows Media Player should be
b. Clear checkboxes for file types for which Windows Media Player should not
be the default.
c. Click Save to save your settings and complete the initial setup.
Navigating Windows Media Player Menus and Toolbars
Windows Media Player 11 has a streamlined interface. Not only does this make
working with Windows Media Player 11 more intuitive, but you’ll also find that it is
easier to organize your media. As Figure 8-4 shows, Microsoft gave Windows Media
Player a complete makeover that includes:
A Navigation toolbar
Provides browser-like Back and Forward buttons that let you navigate to pages
you’ve viewed previously, as well as these Quick Access buttons: Now Playing,
Library, Rip, Burn, and Sync. You’ll also find Quick Access buttons for access-
ing and signing in to your default online store.
Figure 8-3. Selecting the file extensions that should be opened in Windows Media Player
Getting into Your Multimedia
An Address toolbar
Allows you to navigate through the media available on your computer. It
includes “Layout options” and “View options” buttons as well as a Search box
and a “Show/Hide List pane” button.
A Controls toolbar
Provides basic controls for playing whatever is selected currently in Now Playing.
The buttons are “Turn shuffle on/off,” “Turn repeat on/off,” “Stop,” “Previous,”
“Play,” “Next,” “Mute,” “Volume control,” “View full screen,” and “Switch to
Using the Navigation toolbar
Like Windows Explorer, the Navigation toolbar includes Forward and Back buttons
that allow you to access locations you’ve previously viewed. Clicking a Quick Access
button on the Navigation toolbar allows you to access the main areas of Windows
Media Player. You can:
• Click Now Playing to watch what’s currently playing. With audio files, you’ll see
a visualization of the audio being played.
• Click Library to view and manage your media. You can also create playlists for
• Click Rip to copy music from audio discs to your computer.
• Click Burn to create audio CDs and to create data discs on CD or DVD.
• Click Sync to synchronize your media to and from a portable device.
• Click Your Music Store to access your default online store.
Figure 8-4. Using Windows Media Player 11 to view and manage your music, videos, pictures, and
Quick Access button
Media Search box
Default online store
Controls toolbar Compact mode