Command Line Options Available for Windows Media Player

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When starting the Windows Media Player from a command prompt, you can specify several startup parameters.

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The Windows Media Player has several command line options:

  • /open: Open the file, don't automatically start playing.
  • /play: Start playing the file as soon the player is launched.
  • /close: Close the player after playback (only works when used with /play).
  • /fullscreen: Start the file in full-screen mode.
  • /new: Use a new instance of the player.
For example, to play a file and close the player when done:

Mplayer2.exe /play /close C:\Asfroot\Sample.asf

Article ID: 241422 - Last Review: Jul 30, 2008 - Revision: 1