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Windows Media Player provides a central location for playing and organizing multimedia content on your computer and on the Internet. Windows Media Player includes commands for playing multimedia content that are similar to the buttons that are included with VCRs and CD players. This article describes the Windows Media Player Play commands.
To use Windows Media Player Play commands, click the command you want to use on the Play menu. You can also use the Play commands by clicking one or more of the buttons on the Windows Media Player screen. Note that the location and appearance of these commands can vary depending on the skin you are using. Also, some commands have different names but perform the same action such as the Previous button and the Skip Back command.
Windows Media Player Play Commands
If content is not currently being played, you can click the Play button to start playing the content. If content is currently being played, the Play button becomes the Pause button, and you can click Pause to pause the playback at a specific point. If you click Play after you pause the playback, the content continues to play from the point you paused the playback.
If content is currently being played, you can click the Stop button to stop playing the content. Note that if you click Play after you click Stop, the content starts playing from the beginning.
Previous (Skip Back)
You can click the Previous button to return to the previous content. For example, if you are playing track 5 from an audio CD-ROM, you can click Previous to immediately start playing track 4.
Next (Skip Forward)
You can click the Next button to play the next piece of content. For example, if you are playing track 5 from an audio CD-ROM, you can click Next to immediately start playing track 6.
NOTE: The Rewind command is only available for video files in Windows Media Format.
The Rewind command rewinds your content in a manner that is similar to rewinding a videotape.
NOTE: The Fast Forward command is only available for video files in Windows Media Format.
The Fast Forward command fast-forwards your content in a manner that is similar to fast-forwarding a videotape.
You can use the Shuffle command to play content or tracks in a random, non-sequential manner.
You can use the Repeat command to continuously repeat the content or track (from a playlist) after the content or tracks finish playing. Note that when you use the Repeat command, the content or tracks do not stop playing until you click Stop.
You can use the Volume slider to increase or decrease volume. To increase the volume, drag the slider to the larger side, or decrease the volume by dragging the slider to the smaller side. Note that the Volume slider may look different if you are using a skin. Also, you can adjust volume by using the Volume Control tool on the right side of the taskbar.
The Seek slider provides an indicator of how much of the content or track has been played. As the content or track plays, this slider moves to the right, unless you pause the playback, at which time the Seek slider stops moving. You can drag this slider to any position from the beginning to the end of the content or track to choose an exact starting point for the playback.
This is available only in Windows Media Player for Windows XP Professional Edition.
DVD and CD Audio
This is available only in Windows Media Player for Windows XP Home Edition.
NOTE: The CD audio command is only available when a compact disc is inserted in the CD-ROM drive.
You can use the CD Audio commands to select the different tracks available to play from the compact disc.
This is available only in Windows Media Player for Windows XP Professional and Home Edition.
The Eject command ejects your compact disc in a manner that is similar to ejecting a videotape.