Switch between display modes in Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player has five display modes: full (the default view), skin, full screen, compact, and mini Player. You can easily switch to the mode that works best for the content you are viewing.
Compact mode allows you to view just the Player controls.
Skin mode allows you to use a customized, alternative view of the Player.
Full mode is the default view of the Player. It provides full access to all of the Player features.
Mini Player mode allows you to minimize the Player to the Windows taskbar, while still having access to playback controls and the ability to view visualizations and information about the currently playing item.
Right-click an open area of the Windows taskbar (such as below the system clock), point to Toolbars, and then click Windows Media Player.
This turns on the feature and only needs to be performed once. A check mark appears next to Windows Media Player to indicate that it is turned on. To switch to mini Player mode in the future, simply click the Minimize button in the Player.
Full-screen mode makes videos, DVDs, and pictures fill the entire screen when you play them.
Begin playing (or pause playing) a video, TV show, DVD, or song with a visualization.
Click the View full screen
, or press ALT+ENTER.
To return to full mode, press ESC. For more information about full-screen mode, see View a video using the entire screen.
You can use the full-screen lock to prevent people from switching from full-screen mode to another mode. You might want to use the full-screen lock, for example, during a party to prevent guests from using other programs while your music is playing.
Play an item, and then switch to full-screen mode.
Click the Lock full-screen mode
Type a four-digit personal identification number (PIN), and then click the OK
To turn off full-screen lock, click the Unlock full-screen mode
, type your PIN, and then click the OK
. If you forget your PIN, restart your computer.