Shuffling and repeating items in Windows Media Player

In Windows Media Player, items that you play appear in the list pane in Now Playing mode and in the Player Library. You can change the order in which the items play by turning on shuffle, which will make items play in a random order. You can also choose to play the items repeatedly. When you turn on repeat, all items in the list pane will play once and then begin playing again. You can also turn on both shuffle and repeat at the same time. It's not possible to shuffle or repeat DVDs.

Turning on shuffle or repeat doesn't change the display order in the list pane. To play only one file repeatedly, clear the list pane of all items except the one you want to play.

In Now Playing mode, right-click an open space in the Player, and then click Show list to view the list pane. In the Player Library, click the Play tab to view the list pane.

Watch this video to learn how to shuffle and repeat in Windows Media Player (0:53)

Shuffle and repeat items in Windows Media Player

  • To turn on shuffle or repeat, do one or both of the following:

    • To shuffle items, click the Turn shuffle on button Picture of the Turn shuffle on button.
    • To repeat items, click the Turn repeat on button Picture of the Turn repeat on button.

    Shuffle and repeat will remain on until you click the buttons again to turn them off.


  • In Now Playing mode, you might need to resize the window to expose the Turn shuffle on and Turn repeat on buttons.

For information about the different modes and features in Windows Media Player, see Getting started with Windows Media Player. For information about how to edit a playlist by using the Shuffle list command, see Create or change a regular playlist in Windows Media Player.

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