How to Organize Music on Windows Media Player 11

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How to Organize Music on Windows Media Player 11
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Digital music collection has become the stocked fancy book case of a new generation. Instead of first edition and limited edition books, we have rare live music tracks and a hard drive fully stocked with new albums and songs in the thousands. When you have so many different media files, keeping track of them and organising them can be a pain. Using a classic folder view, Windows Media Player can make it simple to organise your songs just as you would like them.

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    Make sure that all of your music is recognised by Windows Media Player by adding it to the \"Library.\" Click on \"Library,\" then \"Add to Library,\" then “My folders and those of other that I can access” then click OK to search for media on your computer. Repeat this step and use advanced options to add specific folders to your Library.

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    Windows Media Player will automatically organise your media files into various categories including artist, album, and genre. Right click on \"Library\" on the left tab and click \"Show More Views\" to add categories like \"Composer\" and \"Contributing Artist.\"

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    To further customise your organisation, click \"Show More Views\" and scroll down to \"Folder.\" A location of your music folders will come up and may be similar to “C:\Users\Public\Music.”

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    Open this file in Windows Explorer by searching the folder. Type the location of the folder in your search utility. After it comes up, right click on it and choose Open Location.

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    Open the folder and create new folders to your liking. Perhaps use a “Morning Music” and an “Evening Music” folder. Drag the files you like from the original folder to your new folders. Go back into Windows Media Player.

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    Your folders will now appear in the \"Folder\" tab with the files you want in their appropriate places.

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    You can also create playlists with songs you wish by clicking the \"Create Playlist\" tab on the left. Name the playlist and then drag the songs you wish to into the right side of the screen where it says “Drag Items Here.”

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