A regular playlist in Windows Media Player is a static list containing one or more digital media files, including any combination of songs, videos, or pictures. Playlists are a great way to group items that you like to listen to or view frequently. You can also use playlists to group items that you want to burn to a CD or sync to a portable device. You can create auto playlists in the Player as well. For more information about playlists, see Windows Media Player playlist: frequently asked questions.

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To create a regular playlist

  1. Click the Library tab. If you need to clear the List pane before beginning to create your playlist, click the Clear List pane button Picture of the Clear List pane button.
  2. Drag items from the Details pane to the List pane to add them to the new playlist.

    To select multiple adjacent items, press and hold the SHIFT key while selecting. To select nonadjacent items, press and hold the CTRL key while selecting.

  3. To rearrange items, drag them up or down in the List pane.

  4. To save the list, click Save Playlist at the bottom of the List pane, and then type a name for the playlist.

    By default, playlists are saved with a .wpl extension in the Playlists folder, which is usually located in the Music folder. You can also save playlists with the .m3u or .asx extension. To do so, click the List button at the top of the List pane, click Save Playlist As, and then change the extension in the Save As dialog box. Once you save the playlist, it's added to the Playlists category in the library.

    To play the playlist in the List pane, click the Play button Picture of the Play button.
  5. To access the playlist in the future, click the Playlists view in the Navigation pane.

To edit a regular playlist

  1. Click the Library tab, and then click the Playlists view in the Navigation pane.

  2. Click the playlist Picture of the regular playlist icon you want to edit, and then click Edit in List Pane.
  3. Do any of the following:

    • To remove an item, right-click it, and then click Remove from List.

      To select multiple adjacent items, press and hold the SHIFT key while selecting. To select nonadjacent items, press and hold the CTRL key while selecting.

    • To rearrange items, drag them up or down in the List pane.

    • To shuffle the entire list, click the List button at the top of the List pane, and then click Shuffle List Now.

    • To add items, browse to the items by using the Navigation and Details panes, and then drag the items to the List pane.

  4. When you are finished editing the playlist, click Save Playlist at the bottom of the List pane, and then type a name for the playlist.

To create a playlist of favorite items

You can quickly create playlists of your favorite items by turning on the Add Favorites to List When Dragging feature. When you do so, the next time you drag a category such as an Album or Genre from the Details pane to the List pane, only the songs with the highest user and auto ratings are added to the new playlist.

  • Do one of the following:

    • To turn on this feature so that it works whenever you drag a category to the List pane, click the arrow below the Library tab, and then click Add Favorites to List When Dragging. A check mark next to the command indicates the feature is turned on.

    • To add favorites one time only, right-click a category such as an Album or Genre in the Details pane, point to Add to, and then click "Untitled Playlist" (Favorites only).

To set how items are skipped in a playlist

The Player tracks which songs you skip when playing a playlist. This gives you a quick way to revise a playlist, such as one created by a music subscription service or another person, so that it only contains your favorite items. When you save a playlist that contains skipped items, you will be prompted to choose to either remove or keep the skipped items in the playlist. You can turn off the prompt if you want. You can also set the Player to not play skipped items during repeat playback. When you do so, the skipped items appear dimmed in the List pane.

  1. To skip an item, click the Next button Picture of the Next button while the item is playing.
  2. To remove skipped items from a playlist, do the following:

    1. Click the List button at the top of the List pane, and then click Save Playlist As.

    2. Type a name for the playlist, and then click Save.

    3. When prompted, click Remove from the playlist.

  3. (Optional) To change settings for skipping, click the List button at the top of the List pane, point to Skipped Items, and then do one or both of the following:

    • To stop being prompted to remove skipped items when saving a playlist, click to clear the check mark next to Prompt Me to Remove upon Save.

    • To prevent skipped items from playing when repeat play is turned on, click Skip During Playback. A check mark next to the command indicates the feature is turned on, and items that you skip will appear dimmed in the List pane. You can return an item to normal play by double-clicking it in the List pane.