Resize Windows Media Player to fit a video

You can automatically adjust the size of a video or DVD you are watching in Windows Media Player. For example, you might want to adjust the Player so it will open to the correct aspect ratio, or screen shape, for a movie. To adjust the size of a video or DVD in Windows Media Player, do the following:

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, click the View menu, point to Video size, and then click one or both of the following:

    • Fit video to Player on resize or a video size percentage.

    • Fit Player to video.

    If the View menu is not visible, you'll need to show the menu bar. To do so, click Organize, point to Layout, and then select Show menu bar. For information about the menu bar, see Show or hide the menu bar in Windows Media Player.

The following table provides information about how these two automatic resize settings work together when turned on or off:

This option Does this
This option

On/On

Does this

This is the recommended configuration. The Player automatically resizes to show the video at the best size (or the percentage that you set). In addition, the Player automatically resizes the video when you manually resize the Player.

This option

On/Off

Does this

The video resizes to fit the dimensions of the Player. Any video size percentage you might have previously set is ignored.

This option

Off/On

Does this

The Player resizes when you start playing a video; however, resizing the Player has no effect on the video dimensions (aside from cropping the video if the Player is smaller than the video). If you already set a video size percentage, the Player resizes as necessary to fit the percentage that you set.

This option

Off/Off

Does this

The video is resized to fit the video size percentage that you set (if the dimensions of the Player are large enough to fit the video at the specified percentage), or the video is cropped (if the Player dimensions are too small to fit the video at the specified percentage). Resizing the Player has no effect on the dimensions of the video (aside from cropping the video if the Player is smaller than the video).