Windows Media Player: Mini Mode
Did you know that the Windows Media Player program has an interesting option that allows you to open files in the Mini Player mode instead of the full window view? Well, now you do! The Mini Player mode is especially useful for opening music files you don’t really need to see in full size. Let’s learn a little more about it, shall we?!
To set up the Mini Player mode option, select Tools from the Windows Media Player window. Then click on Options and the following window will open:
You’ll see a text box titled “Start the Mini Player for file names that contain this text.” The default value in that field is “voiceatt.wav,” which is obviously designed to use the Mini mode for voicemail attachments.
If you want to make all your MP3 files open in the Mini Player mode, all you have to do is type “.mp3” (without the quotes) into the window:
Or, if you have all your music stored on a single drive like I do, you can type in the drive letter or even a folder path that leads to your music collection:
If you want every single file to always open in the Mini Player mode, just type a single colon ( : ) into the field. Keep in mind though, that doesn’t work quite as well for videos.
Now, when you double click on a file in Windows Explorer, it will open in the Mini Player mode by default. Cool, huh?!
Here are a few more screenshots for you, just to give you an idea of what the Mini Player looks like.
Windows Media Player 11 in Windows XP (Mini mode):
Windows Media Player 11 in Windows Vista (Mini mode):
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami