Protect Your Privacy When Using Media Player. Windows
Media Player for XP, as well as
Version 7.1, sends a globally unique identifier, or
GUID, to sites when you request streamed
Windows Media. In theory, the information can't
be traced back to your machine, but many
people dispute this. If you don't want Media
Player to send a GUID, you can protect your
privacy by opening Media Player, going to the
Tools | Options menu, and unchecking Allow
Internet sites to uniquely identify your Player.
You can further enhance your privacy by
blocking cookie information to and from
WindowsMedia.com. To do this, open IE 6, go
to Tools | Internet Options | Privacy, click on the
Edit button under Web Sites, and add
WindowsMedia.com as a blocked site for
Create Flexible Music Files. By
default, Windows Media Player creates
protected WMA files when you rip CDs. Because
protected files require licenses for
playback, you won't be able to listen to the files
on another computer. But you can turn this
feature off. In Windows Media Player, open the
Tools menu and select Options. Then click on
the Copy Music tab, and uncheck the box next
to Protect music.
Back Up Your Media Licenses. If
you do choose to copy-protect your files, you
need to preserve a copy of your media licenses
in case you ever need to reinstall Windows XP. To
export the key from your existing Windows
XP machine, open Media Player, select Tools |
License Management, and click Backup Now.
The licenses will be copied to the desktop as files
with .bak extensions. Note that they may be
hidden if you don't allow Explorer to show
hidden files. To import them, place the files on
the desktop and click Restore Now.
Set Multimedia Folders to Display Useful Information. Windows
XP lets you set up folders that contain
media files so that relevant details about the files
within are shown. By default, when files are
copied into a newly created folder, Windows
tries to guess what kind of files are in the
folder - video, audio, data, or whatever - but if
the folder isn't configured correctly, you can
Open the folder in question and select View |
Customize This Folder from the folder's menu. From
there you can choose a template to apply
to the folder. If you want to choose details
individually, such as track length, file size, or bit
rate, select View | Choose Details, and check all
the columns you want to show.
Media Player Shortcut Keys.
Ctrl-P: Play or pause a file.
Ctrl-S: Stop playback.
Ctrl-B: Play previous item.
Ctrl-F: Play next item.
Ctrl-Shift-B: Rewind (only for DVDs).
Ctrl-Shift-F: Fast-forward (only for DVDs).
Ctrl-E: Eject CD or DVD (does not work if
computer has multiple CD-ROM or DVD drives
Ctrl-U: Open a URL or file.
Alt-Enter: Display video in full-screen mode.
Ctrl-1: Switch to Full mode from Skin mode.
Ctrl-2: Switch to Skin mode from Full mode.
Ctrl-M: Display menu bar during full-screen
Alt-S: Search Media Library.
F9: Decrease volume.
F10: Increase volume.
Play Back Your CDs With Digital Audio. Formerly,
to pipe the CD signal through the
sound card, you needed an audio cable
connecting the drive to the sound card. Today,
many systems have multiple optical drives, and
one cable isn't enough. Don't sweat it: Just enable
digital audio. Right-click on My Computer, then
choose Manage. Select Device Manager from
the left-hand pane. Navigate to the properties
box for each of your CD, DVD, CD-RW, or
DVD-RAM drives, and check the box Enable
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