Changing how Windows Media Player looks using skins


It's 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 the ability to adjust the volume. Some skins offer added functionality, including special audio files, visualizations, and other custom features. The features that a skin provides are determined by its creator. You can select a skin from those provided with the Player, or you can download more skins from the Internet.

Note

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

    If the View menu isn't visible, you'll need to show the menu bar by clicking Organize, pointing to Layout, and then selecting Show menu bar.

  3. In the left pane, click the skin that you want to apply. A preview of the skin appears in the right pane.

  4. Click Apply Skin.

  5. To return to the Player Library from a skin, right-click anywhere on the Player, and then click Switch to Library.

To download a skin from the Internet

  1. Connect to the Internet.

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

    If the View menu isn't visible, you'll need to show the menu bar by clicking Organize, pointing to Layout, and then selecting Show menu bar.

  4. Click More Skins.

  5. 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 isn't visible, you'll need to show the menu bar by clicking Organize, pointing to Layout, and then selecting Show menu bar.

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