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Another option for playing media files, such as music and video, is to use the Windows Media Player. It comes with Windows 7, and there is a couple of different ways to access this program. For example, on the taskbar, the very bottom of your screen, by default, the Windows Media Player icon appears on the taskbar. So, if you've left it there, all you need to do is click once to access Windows Media Player. You will see that up in the title bar and the current view is what we would call our Library view.
So here we are automatically going to our Music Library. We will see the sample files that come with Windows 7 as well as any we might have added. But here is another way to find and play files. Let's close this up, and if you've got the Exercise Files, you'll notice I've opened up to Chap04>subfolder 04_02, where I have got a music file and a video file. Now, when I click FinalSong, the music file, you'll notice the Play button displays the same icon I see down below on my taskbar for Windows Media Player.
That means if I click the Play button, I'll be playing that song in the default program or Windows Media Player. I can change the volume. I can pause by clicking the Pause button. Click Play again to play or simply Stop. You'll also notice this little icon up here in the top right corner. This will switch me back to that Library view, where I can go access other songs, or if I want to go back to the song I am playing, down the bottom right corner of this view, I can switch to the Now Playing view.
So I can play again or simply close it up when I am done. The Media Player also plays video files. So if I go to my santa barbara pier, which is a video clip. Notice, down below, it does say it's a video clip. You can see the size, the name, and the little icon representing Media Player again. Of course, I can choose other programs to play this with. Clicking Play will launch Media Player but clicking the dropdown for more options allows me to choose from other things that might be installed like the QuickTime Player.
You may or may not have this installed. You do have Live Movie Maker if you've got Live Essentials installed. Look at this. The Media Center is accessible from here or you can change the default program. It is currently set to be the Media Player, but if I click Choose Default Program, I might want the Media Center to be the default when I double-click or launch a video file like the one I have selected. I am going to click cancel. Media Player is fine, so I'm going to click Play. You can see my video file starts playing.
I have got my controls down below. Maybe I want this one to repeat. So I can turn it on or off with the Repeat On. When it gets to the end, it just starts over and keeps playing. If you have got more than one video file or more than one music file you can use the Shuffle button. Here's my volume. Keep that all the way down. If you want view this in full screen, there is a full screen button. Now, on the bottom right-hand corner, as you move, it appears to exit Full screen mode and we're back to the original size.
Notice it's looping around back to the beginning and starting over. Again, I can go back to the Library view or simply close this up when I'm done. Let's close-up our Windows Explorer as well to return to the Desktop. So the Media Player, keep it in mind, for playing all kinds of music files like MP3s and WMA files. You can also use it for playing different types of video files like AVIs and MPEGs. The Windows Media Player built into Windows 7, at your fingertips.
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