This topic describes how to remove files and devices from your Windows Media Player library. You can also remove information about what you have played.

Show all

To delete a file from the library

  1. Click the Library tab.

  2. Right-click the item that you want to delete, and then click Delete.

    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. Right-click the selected items, and then click Delete.

  3. If prompted, click one of the following options:

    • Delete from library only

      This option deletes the link from your library but it does not delete the linked file from your computer.

    • Delete from library and my computer

      This option deletes both the link from your library and the file from your computer.


    • If you previously selected the Don't show this message again check box at this prompt and you want to change how the Player deletes files in the future, perform the following procedure. Click the arrow below the Library tab, and then click More Options. On the Library tab, select or clear the Delete files from computer when deleted from library check box.

To remove a device from the library

You can remove all information about a device, including the list of files that sync to the device, if you no longer want it to appear in the Player. If you do so, you will need to set up sync if you want to sync to the device again in the future.

  1. Disconnect the device from your computer.

  2. In the Navigation pane, right-click the device you want to remove, and then click End Sync Partnership.

    If the device is connected when you perform this step, the device will switch to manual sync, and some information about the device will remain in the Player.