It is easy to give Windows Media Player a new look by applying a skin. Each skin has a distinct appearance and most skins incorporate basic Player functions such as playing and the ability to adjust the volume. In fact, some skins offer added functionality such as providing special audio files that you can play, visualizations that you can view, and other custom features. The functionality that a skin provides is determined by its creator. You can select and apply a skin from the standard set of skins that is provided with the Player, and you can download more skins from the Internet. Then you can try different skins until you find one that meets your needs.

To install some skins, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group.

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To apply a skin

  1. Click the View menu, and then click Skin Chooser.

    If the View menu is not visible, show the Classic Menus.

  2. In the skins list, click the skin that you want to apply. A preview of the skin appears.

  3. Click Apply Skin. This displays the Player in skin mode using the skin that you chose. Now you can explore how the skin works and what it can do.

  4. You must be in full mode before you can change a skin. To return to full mode from a skin, right-click anywhere on the Player, and then click Switch to Full Mode. To return to full mode from mini Player, click the Restore button Picture of the Restore button.

To download a skin from the Internet

  1. Start the Player and connect to the Internet.

  2. Click the View menu, and then click Skin Chooser.

    If the View menu is not visible, show the Classic Menus.

  3. Click More Skins. The Skins for Windows Media Player webpage appears.

  4. Follow the instructions on the webpage for downloading a skin.

To delete a skin

  1. Click the View menu, and then click Skin Chooser.

    If the View menu is not visible, show the Classic Menus.

  2. In the skins list, click the skin that you want to delete, and then click the Delete selected skin button Picture of the Delete selected skin button.