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Windows Media Player: New Ways to Work with Microsoft Windows Media Player

  1. Introduction
  2. Enhancing Windows Media Player with New Buttons
  3. Conclusion
  4. Useful Links

Introduction

Windows Media Player is the most popular digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Windows« operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices.

Today we would like to offer you new helpful and productive ways to make your use of Windows Media Player easier and more fun with the help of Actual Title Buttons.

Actual Title Buttons is an innovative utility which allows controlling windows by means of extra buttons placed near the standard Minimize/Restore/Close ones or by means of keystroke combinations that result in greater speed of work and its accuracy.

Minimize Windows Media Player into system tray icon with a single click!

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Enhancing Windows Media Player with New Buttons

- Want to listen to music and keep Windows Media Player in background so that it wouldn't distract you while you are working?

Choose your favorite songs and minimize Windows Media Player to the system tray or to any place on the screen with a single click using the new Minimize-to-Tray button Minimize Alternatively title button. This will make your taskbar less cluttered and more handy! Click the icon and Windows Media Player is restored and ready to use!

Minimize Windows Media Player into system tray icon with a single click!

- Want to watch video without interruption while doing other things?

Windows Media Player will stay on top of other windows when you click the Stay Always-on-Top button Stay Always-on-Top title button. Other windows will no longer annoy you by hiding Windows Media Player. Additionally, you can click the Ghost button Ghost title button. In this case Windows Media Player will stay on top of other windows, and all mouse clicks directed at Windows Media Player window will bypass it completely while still remaining subject to keyboard actions like hotkeys, allowing you to work with other windows and watch video at the same time.

- Want to see what is happening under your Windows Media Player without minimizing it?

No problem! Just click on the Roll Up button Roll Up title button (which then will change its icon to Unroll button) and Windows Media Player will roll up to its title bar. This is better than minimizing it to an icon in case you like to keep it in view!

Roll Windows Media Player up to its title bar with a single click!

- Need to hide Windows Media Player when working with other windows to free the desktop space?

Nothing is so simple with Actual Title Buttons! Click the Send to Bottom button Send to Bottom title button, and it will put the foreground Windows Media Player window under all currently open windows without closing it and maintaining its original size and position. It's like moving a playing card from the top of the deck to its bottom.

Or, in case you have more than one monitor connected to your PC, you can click the Move to Monitor button Move to Monitor title button which will place Windows Media Player to the desired monitor. Just click it, and Windows Media Player will move to the next monitor (i.e. window displayed on Monitor 1 moves to Monitor 2). No need to drag it manually!

- Want to make Windows Media Player transparent?

Click the Make Transparent button Make Transparent button to toggle the transparency effect for Windows Media Player in Windows« 2000/XP/2003/Vista, ranging from 0% (opaque) to 100% (invisible). You can make semi-transparent the basic Windows Media Player skin or any of the optional skins! This will help you by immediately showing you what windows are open and where they are. The transparency effect also makes for a unique and very attractive appearing desktop.

Note
The transparency effect cannot be applied when displaying a video. Actual Title Buttons uses the transparency effect available in standard drawing mechanisms Windows« provides for general windows, whereas video players use other specific mechanisms (usually DirectX« functions). Therefore such windows are not "general" in their nature, and that's why the standard transparency effect is incompatible with such windows and produces unexpected results when being applied.

Make Windows Media Player transparent with a single click!

- Want to change Windows Media Player's size and position?

Resize button Resize title button lets you change the current size of Windows Media Player on-the-fly, which might be useful when watching video to get the better view or for extending a play list. Right-click the button to get access to the wide range of predefined sizes or specify custom window dimensions yourself as circumstances require. Left-click this button again to restore Windows Media Player to its previous size.

Resize Windows Media Player easily with a single click!

Align button Align title button provides the automatic horizontal and vertical alignment of Windows Media Player in nine predefined alignment modes (just right-click the button). Now you will be able to quickly position Windows Media Player in the most convenient place on the desktop without dragging it manually!

Align Windows Media Player along the desktop easily with a single click!

- The music started to stumble and you don't know how to eliminate this handicap?

The most likely reason of this behavior is that Windows Media Player lacks for central processor resources. This problem can be solved by increasing the priority level of Windows Media Player. Right-click the Change Program Priority button Change Program Priority button to display a list of context menu options where you can access the current priority setting and change it as circumstances require.

Change Windows Media Player

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Conclusion

Actual Title Buttons makes your work with Windows Media Player and other applications extremely simple and convenient. The new buttons are as easy to use as the standard Windows« ones and they make Windows Media Player more user-friendly, more convenient and more stylish. It is an ideal solution if you usually multitask in several applications.

Interested? Try it out, Actual Title Buttons is easy-to-use and very handy!

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Useful Links

See the following links that will be your guides in getting acquainted with Actual Title Buttons:

  • Download the fully-functional 60-days trial version of Actual Title Buttons right now. It is completely free!
  • Actual Title Buttons Home - the official page where you can download or order the risk-free version and read what users say about Actual Title Buttons.
  • Title Buttons Help section - here you can find the full list of additional buttons available in Actual Title Buttons.
  • Here you can find the information on how to create specific settings and apply them just for Windows Media Player.

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