See song lyrics, listen to internet radio stations, and play all audio and video formats
Use keyboard shortcuts to control your media
Using keyboard shortcuts is the quickest and easiest way to control your PC. Windows Media Player (WMP) has a whole range of keyboard shortcuts for perusing and playing your music and DVD collection. For example, press Ctrl+F to skip to the next track or DVD chapter or Ctrl+B to return to the previous one (an easy way to remember: ‘F’ for Forward and ‘B’ for Back). If you don’t have a media keyboard containing dedicated buttons for Play, Mute and so on, you can use the Function keys to carry out these tasks. The F7 key mutes/unmutes WMP’s sound; F8 and F9 reduce and increase the volume respectively; and Ctrl+S stops a track playing. To see a full list of WMP keyboard shortcuts,
Listen to internet radio stations
If you want a change from your personal music collection, you can tune in to any of the thousands of internet radio stations that are available via WMP. Right-click the light-blue section at the top (beside Play, Burn and Sync at the top right), then move your cursor to View, ‘Online stores’, and click Media Guide. You’ll see a list of genres (including Jazz, Oldies, Country and Classic Rock) at the top. Click one of these to see a list of genre-specific radio stations, then click Listen under a radio station’s thumbnail to play it.
Play all media formats on Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player supports a large number of audio and video formats by default, but there are still many formats, such as DivX and FLAC, that aren’t supported. Thankfully, you can install the free K-Lite Codec Mega Pack, which adds support for hundreds of popular formats to WMP. Go to www.snipca.com/15078 and click the blue Direct Download Link (just above Publisher’s Description).
Once it’s downloaded, open the installer, and keep clicking Next through all the menus until you reach the page prompting you to install additional software. Untick all the boxes, then tick ‘No Thanks’ to confirm you don’t want these extras. Continue clicking Next to install the codec pack.
Control your music when using other programs
If you want to have instant access to your music player when you’re doing other things on your PC, you can choose to keep Windows Media Player’s Now Playing window on top of your other open windows. Click Organize at the top left, then Options. In the window that opens, click the Player tab, tick the box next to ‘Keep Now Playing on top of other windows’, then click Apply and OK.
Start playing a track, then press Ctrl+3 to activate Now Playing mode which brings up a small window displaying the track you’re currently playing. You can resize this window by dragging its corners and access the music player controls by moving your cursor over it.
See the lyrics of the song you’re playing
A little-known fact about Windows Media Player is that it supports third-party plug-ins that add new features. For example, you can download the Lyrics Plugin at www.lyricsplugin.com to display the lyrics of any track you play. Click the Download Now button under ‘Lyrics Plugin for Windows Media Player’, then double-click the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install it. Now open WMP, right-click the blue space at the top, click Tools, then ‘Plug-ins’ (see screenshot). You should see the Lyrics Plugin with a tick next to it. Next, start playing a track, then switch to the Now Playing view (by pressing Ctrl+3) to see the lyrics to that song.