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Windows 7: How to change what Windows Media Player shows in playlist

16 May 2012   #1
Trucidation

 
How to change what Windows Media Player shows in playlist

Hi all,

I normally use Winamp (mainly out of inertia) but on this work machine I can't be arsed to install it so I just use WMP12 that's already on it. What I loathe about WMP is the fact that the playlist seems fixed to only display "song name, rating (stars), duration". How do I change this?

Every single help document or article I look up on WMP playlists all talk about adding songs to the playlist or changing the library view. That's not my problem. I want to change what the playlist displays, like "song name, artist, duration". Basically I want to replace the "rating" column with the artist name. (I don't get this stupid obsession with ratings anyway; the damn song is in the playlist, obviously I like it else it wouldn't be there.)

Either I'm missing something massively obvious (where?! I've clicked and rightclicked everything) or WMP playlist options really are set in concrete and I should stop wasting time and just install Winamp.


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16 May 2012   #2
LittleJay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

This works for me:

1) open up a playlist
2) click on "organize"
3) move cursor over "layout"
4) click on "columns" and check or uncheck the columns you want to display.
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16 May 2012   #3
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Another option is referring to the MS page on this seen at Create or change a regular playlist in Windows Media Player

There's a video there too to show how that works.
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16 May 2012   #4
Trucidation

 

@LittleJay:
thanks, but I only get one single column choice (!):
How to change what Windows Media Player shows in playlist-win7-wmp_playlist.jpg

I'm trying to do this in "Now Playing" mode though - I don't like the cluttered look of the Library mode, not to mention I don't use the default libraries anyway.

@Night Hawk:
can't see that video right now, I'll check it out when I get home from work.


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16 May 2012   #5
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I think you will find the options the MS page details are used in the other mode. That's where the play list is displayed in the right column.

There's also a Play List Help to look over while in the library and clicking to bring down the play list option menu there. Ironically that starts off with the same information as seen at the link but offers the search option for more contents being a doc included in Windows.


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09 Aug 2012   #6
nancyclark5

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
my system doesn't give the above options... here's what I get

I don't see any "modes" or any options like "organize." The only available "actions" on a playlist are "change name" and "add more [songs]." I've searched all the menus, and neither the "Settings" nor the "Manage Library" menu offers any options to display the artist name in the playlist. Showing the artist name in the playlist would seem to be a basic requirement, yet it's nowhere to be found!

I recently got a new computer with Windows 7 Home Premium, and the WMP has apparently lost important functionality while adding new glitzy-looking and USELESS graphical treatment. It is extremely frustrating to spend all this money, and waste an hour of my time looking through forums in search of lost (or deeply hidden) functionality.


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09 Aug 2012   #7
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That doesn't even look like WMP to begin with! This is what the default Library and artist once selected screen would look like before dragging files over to the right column in order to play and create a new playlist.

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09 Aug 2012   #8
LittleJay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

I agree with Night Hawk. That doesn't look at all like any Windows Media Player I've ever seen. Did it look like that when you bought the computer and first started using it?
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09 Aug 2012   #9
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Sounds like a prepackaged 3rd party player if you didn't install it yourself not anything like any version of WMP including 12. Some sound softwares for onboard sound for OEM systems will often include a player. I would examine the player's menu icon's properties to open the file location which will show it's llkely an OEM addon.

And by the way, Welcome to the Seven Forums! nancyclark5
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09 Aug 2012   #10
LittleJay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

You could also open the "start menu" and look for Windows Media Player in the "all programs" list. Then click on the link and see if that would open up the standard media player.
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