How to Mix Songs on Windows Media Player

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How to Mix Songs on Windows Media Player
Listen to your own mix of songs with Windows Media Player. (headphones colour image by patrimonio designs from

Microsoft has produced a multimedia application on its operating systems since the early 1990s. One of its more popular applications is Windows Media Player, which provides a variety of options for manipulating audio and video files. A user can mix, or shuffle, songs from various albums that have been saved to the application. In Windows Media Player, a user mixes music in playlists.

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    Under "Library," click "Create Auto Playlist." A window will open asking you to select the criteria you would like for your playlist.

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    Click "Add criteria" to select the kind of music you want in the playlist. For instance, select "Album Artist" then "Contains," then type in "Sinatra."

    Further narrow your choices with the additional restrictions available. For instance, use the "And also include" or "And apply the following restrictions" buttons.

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    Click "OK," which is to the left of the "Cancel" and "Help" buttons.

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    Make sure you're in the "Library" section. It is to the right of "Now Playing."

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    Drag music files from the middle pane to the List pane on the far right. Note that, as you search through the Library perusing albums, the playlist remains in the same place for easy access.

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    Rearrange the files by dragging them to the desired spot in the playlist.

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    Click "Save Playlist" at the bottom of the List pane. It is the button with the floppy disc icon.

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    Type a name for the playlist and click "Save Playlist" again. Notice that the name of your new playlist is now present on the far left of Windows Media Player under "Playlists."

Tips and warnings

  • Alternately, you may right-click a song or songs and select "Add To," then click the name of the playlist.

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