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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
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A Video: Only two categories fall into video. Choose All Clips to see all the movies stored on your hard drive; clicking Author organizes videos by their creators.
A Playlists: To tailor your own personalized daily music background, create a playlist, which I describe in the next section. A playlist contains the names and locations of your chosen media, and plays it all back in order — your own Greatest Hits list.
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A Radio Tuner Presets: If you’ve created any Presets from Internet radio stations, as I describe in the preceding section, they appear here for quick access.
If you access the Internet a lot to hear or watch stuff, tell Windows Media Player to add the locations of those items to your Media Library, too. Click Tools from the top menu and select Options. Click the Player tab and put a check mark next to Add Items to Media Library When Played under Player Settings.
Creating Playlists
Just about everybody has bought a Greatest Hits album. Media Player lets you create your own, even if you just listen to bagpipe players. You’re not limited to selecting music. Media Player lets you add anything to your playlist.
Create your own party soundtrack by mixing radio station streams with MP3 files, favorite videos, and links to Internet movie trailers. To set up and start using a playlist, follow these steps:
1. Load Media Player and click the Media Library button.
The Media Library button is one of the buttons along Media Player’s left-hand side. A list of categories appears, looking uncomfortably like the Windows Explorer program. (Actually, it works the same way.)
2. Click the New Playlist button along Media Player’s top.
A box appears, asking you to name your new creation.
3. In the New Playlist box, type a name for your playlist and click the OK button.
New playlist
Type in a name — Tunes for Toddlers, for example.
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4. Right-click on files or radio station links, choose Add to Playlist, and select your playlist.
Begin browsing through your files, including audio, video, and radio files. To see all possible music files, click All Audio. After you spot something cool, right-click on it and choose Add to Playlist from the pop-up menu.
5. To play a playlist, click the Media Library button’s My Playlists menu and choose your playlist.
Your playlist, the one you named in Step 3, contains all your recently selected music and videos. Media Player begins playing it immediately.
Playlists help tame Media Player’s button-pushing requirements. Instead of wading through bunches of buttons when trying to hear a tune, choose a different playlist for instant punching during different moods or times of day.
Playing CDs
Just about every CD-ROM drive installed during the past five years plays music CDs as well as reads computer data. A computer with a sound card, speakers, and a CD-ROM drive lets you type to the tunes while you work.
This section shows how to play CDs in your computer. It also explains how Media Player automatically uses the Internet to identify your CD, list the CD’s song titles, and even grab a picture of the CD’s cover art.
1. Connect to the Internet.
If you’re not connected when you insert a new CD, Media Player will still play it, but Media Player won’t be able to identify it.
2. Insert a music CD into your CD-ROM drive tray.
Push the tray back in, if required, or push its tray retract button. Media Player jumps to the forefront, switches to its Now Playing window, and starts playing the tunes.
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Keep an eye on the Media Player playlist that currently identifies your CD as Unknown Artist playing Track 1. After a few moments, the names of your CD’s songs appear on the playlist on the right, as shown in Figure 13-4.
Ф Windows Media Player
Figure 13-4:
When connected to the Internet, Media Player recognizes this CD automatically and lists the song titles in the playlist.
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A Change Would Do You Good Home
Sweet: Rosalyn
If It Makes You Happy
Redemption Day
Hard to Make a Stand
Everyday Is a Winding Road
Love Is a Good Thing
Oh Marie
The Book
Ordinary Morning
Total Time: 56:41
While the CD plays, marvel at the swirling visualizations that twitch in time to the tunes.
3. Control the album’s playback by pushing buttons.
The control buttons in Media Player’s CD player mimic just about every other type of CD player: Play/Pause, Stop, Previous, Next, and Mute. Slide the little bar next to the little speaker icon to change the volume. (Refer to Figure 13-1 for how these buttons work. Or just rest your mouse pointer over the buttons to see what they do.)
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A Media Player automatically recognizes the bestsellers and a surprising amount of obscure stuff. Sometimes, however, you need to enter the names yourself: Right-click on a track, choose Edit, and type in the name. After Media Player has identified your CD’s title and song names, it remembers them. It doesn’t need to connect to the Internet and download them again.
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