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How to Set Up a VLC Player to Play Continuously

Updated July 20, 2017

VLC is a free and open-source media player for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. VLC plays media files or playlists once by default, and then stops. If you want to play a video on repeat or listen to a song over and over, you can set up VLC to play continuously. VLC contains options that can repeat a single media file or an entire playlist in its preferences window. You can also enable continuous play temporarily by using a button on the VLC toolbar.

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  1. Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the VLC window and click "Preferences."

  2. Click "All" under "Show Settings" at the bottom of the sidebar at the left side of the Preferences window.

  3. Click the "Playlist" category in the sidebar.

  4. Click the "Repeat All" or "Repeat Current Item" checkboxes under "General Playlist Behavior."

  5. Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the Preferences window.

  6. Tip

    You can also click the "Loop" button in the VLC window to enable continuous play temporarily. This button's icon contains two arrows in a circle and is located to the right of the playback buttons. Clicking this button once toggles "Loop One" mode, clicking it twice toggles "Loop All" mode and clicking it a third time turns off loop mode.

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About the Author

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around tech geek who writes for PC World, MakeUseOf, and How-To Geek. He's been using Windows since Windows 3.1 was released in 1992.

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