View a video using the entire screen in Windows Media Player

You can watch a video, TV show, DVD, or song with a visualization in Windows Media Player in full-screen mode. When the Player is in full-screen mode, you can control playback with either the on-screen controls that appear on top of the video or you can use the buttons and other controls on a compatible mouse.

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To control playback with the on-screen controls

  1. While a video is either playing or paused, click the View full screen button Picture of the View full screen button, or press ALT+ENTER.

    When you switch to full-screen mode, the Player controls may appear for a short period of time (depending on the capabilities of your video card and the functionality of the video or DVD that you may be viewing). If you are unable to see the playback controls and you have not configured full-screen controls to be off, move your mouse to make them reappear.

  2. Click the playback controls near the bottom on the screen.

  3. To return to full mode, press ESC or move your mouse and press the Exit full-screen mode button Picture of the Exit full-screen mode button.

To control playback with the mouse

  1. Turn off the full-screen controls by doing the following:

    1. Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab, click More Options, and then click the Performance tab.

    2. In the DVD and Video Playback section, clear the Display full-screen controls check box.

  2. While a video is either playing or paused, click the View full screen button Picture of the View full screen button, or press ALT+ENTER.
  3. The following table shows the various mouse playback controls. Use your mouse to perform any of the following tasks.

    To do this Use this mouse control
    To do this

    Play or pause an item

    Use this mouse control

    Click the left button

    To do this

    Fast forward an item

    Use this mouse control

    Press and hold the front thumb button

    To do this

    Rewind an item

    Use this mouse control

    Press and hold the back thumb button

    To do this

    Skip to the previous item

    Use this mouse control

    Click the back thumb button

    To do this

    Skip to the next item

    Use this mouse control

    Click the front thumb button

    To do this

    Increase or decrease the volume

    Use this mouse control

    Roll the mouse wheel away from you to increase the volume or toward you to decrease the volume

    To do this

    Mute the volume or restore the volume

    Use this mouse control

    Press the wheel button

    To do this

    Display other commands

    Use this mouse control

    Click the right button

  4. To return to full mode, press ESC.

Note

  • Not all mice are compatible with this feature.