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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 8: Creating Your Media Library with Windows Media Player
Playing Your Media
Once you’ve configured Windows Media Player 11, you can use it to play any audio
or video file on your computer. If Windows Media Player is the default player for this
type of file, you can launch the player and play the file simply by double-clicking it.
With other types of supported files, you can right-click the file, select Open With,
and then choose Windows Media Player as the program you want to use to open the
file. While you can open and play media files using either of these techniques, doing
so isn’t the best or most constructive use of Windows Media Player. Instead, follow
the techniques outlined in the sections that follow to get the most out of the player
features built into Windows Media Player.
Using Now Playing with Media Added to Your Library
With media added to your library, you can select media to play in Now Playing sim-
ply by double-clicking an audio track, picture file, or video file. The way Now Play-
ing works depends on the type of media:
With an audio track, the related album or audio book starts playing, beginning
with the audio track you selected and continuing according to the order of the
tracks, or autoshuffling if you’ve turned on the autoshuffle feature.
With a picture file, the related picture folder starts playing, beginning with the
picture you selected and continuing with a slide show according to the order of
the pictures, or autoshuffling if you’ve turned on the autoshuffle feature.
With video or recorded TV files, the related video or TV folder starts playing,
beginning with the video or show you selected and continuing with a slide show
according to the order of the files, or autoshuffling if you’ve turned on the
autoshuffle feature.
Figure 8-10. Working with recorded TV in Windows Media Player
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After you’ve selected the media you want to play, you can control playback using the
Controls toolbar. The Controls toolbar is displayed in the lower portion of the main
window, and there are two slightly different configurations of this toolbar.
Figure 8-11 shows an album being played. Below the visualization, you’ll find the
Controls Pane. The upper portion of the Controls Pane shows a progress indicator
that graphically depicts how much of an audio or video track has played. To the
right of the album or movie cover, Windows Media Player shows descriptive text
that rotates among the album or movie title, the artists or actors, and the name of the
current track.
When working with all media types except movies, the List Pane allows you to select
easily from among the available tracks or files, and the standard controls from left to
right are:
Turn Shuffle On/Off
Toggles the shuffle feature on or off. When shuffle is on, Windows Media Player
will play items in the current playlist in random order rather than in sequence.
Turn Repeat On/Off
Toggles the repeat feature on or off. When repeat is on, Windows Media Player
will play the current playlist in its entirety and then play it again.
Pause
Pauses playing or displaying the current file.
Previous
Goes to the previous file. If you click and hold this button, you can rewind.
Play
Plays the current file.
Figure 8-11. Playing your music

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