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Shuffle Repeat Previous Next Mute Volume

The oversized Play button becomes a Pause button (as shown here) while a track is playing. The Mute button is a toggle; click one time for silence, a second time for sound. The Next and Previous buttons move ahead and back one item within the current playlist. Click and hold the Next button to fast-forward through the current track . You can drag the Seek slider in the blue progress bar just above the playback controls to move to a different place within the item that's currently playing. For example, to start the current track over again, drag the Seek slider all the way to the left.

The Player plays the current playlist—which might be an album from your library, a CD, or a selection of tracks you've picked individually—in order, once, unless you turn on Shuffle or Repeat (or both):

• If you turn on Shuffle by clicking the Shuffle button on the playback bar, by pressing Ctrl + H, or by choosing Play, Shuffle, the Player moves through the playlist in random order

• If you turn on Repeat by clicking the Repeat button on the playback bar, by pressing Ctrl+T, or by choosing Play, Repeat, the Player plays the current playlist continuously—that is, it repeats the playlist each time it finishes the final track. As we explain later in this chapter (see "Working with Playlists" on page 421), you can configure playlist options so that any tracks you skip on the initial pass are also skipped on repeat passes .

Playing an audio CD in Windows Media Player is almost as easy as playing it on any conventional CD player: insert disc, close drive, enjoy music. The almost has to do with your CD

(or DVD) drive's AutoPlay settings. If you have set up your system so that the default AutoPlay action for audio CDs is Play Audio CD Using Windows Media Player, your disc starts playing within a few moments after you insert it (provided that the Player is not busy doing something else). If you haven't chosen a default AutoPlay action for audio CDs, Windows displays the AutoPlay dialog box. To set the AutoPlay default and begin playing the CD in one action, leave the Always Do This For Audio CDs check box selected and click Play Audio CD Using Windows Media Player.

For more details on how to change default AutoPlay settings for specific media types, see "Setting Default Programs, File Type Associations, and AutoPlay Options" on page 180 .

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