Inside Out

Find hidden information in the playback controls

The playback controls at the bottom of the Player window illustrate the universal advice for Windows tinkerers: when in doubt, click and right-click . If you follow that advice, you'll be amply rewarded . Clicking the icon in the lower left corner while a music track is playing, for instance, cycles through a tiny thumbnail of the album cover art, an icon that indicates whether the track is playing from a local file or streaming from a network server, and a miniature frequency spectrum . Hover the mouse pointer over this region to see the bit rate of the current track. Click the time indicator to cycle through different views of elapsed and remaining time. Right-click the Play/Pause button to choose slow, normal, and fast playback modes. If you're ripping a CD, a progress indicator to the right of the playback controls tells you how many tracks remain to be ripped; click the message to jump directly to the track list from the CD.

The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + 1 and Ctrl + 3 also allow you to switch between Player Library and Now Playing views . Ctrl + 2 takes you to the decidedly retro Skin view, a feature that never quite caught on; it continues to exist only for backward compatibility, and we don't cover it in this book

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