In Windows Media Player's Now Playing mode, you can watch different visualizations—splashes of color and geometric shapes—whose patterns move with the music that you are playing. Visualizations are grouped into collections that are based on specific themes, such as Ambience or Bars. The Player includes a number of visualizations, but you can also download more visualizations from the Internet.

For more information about Now Playing mode, see Getting started with Windows Media Player.

Notes

  • Not all visualizations can be viewed in full-screen mode.

  • Visualizations can't be viewed when you access Windows Media Player using Remote Desktop.

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To watch a visualization in Now Playing mode

  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 the Player Library, click the Switch to Now Playing button Picture of the Switch to Now Playing button in the lower-right corner of the Player.
  2. Begin playing a song.

  3. Right-click an open space in the Player (to the left of the Stop button, for example), point to Visualizations, point to a visualization collection, and then click the name of the visualization that you want to watch.

    Note

    • To view the visualization in full screen, double-click the Video and Visualization pane or press Alt+Enter. The Player will return to Now Playing mode if you click once in the full-screen visualization.

To download visualizations from the Internet

  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 the Player Library, click the Switch to Now Playing button Picture of the Switch to Now Playing button in the lower-right corner of the Player.
  2. Make sure your connected to the Internet.

  3. Right-click an open space in the Player (to the left of the Stop button, for example), point to Visualizations, and then click Download Visualizations.

  4. Follow the instructions on the Visualizations for Windows Media Player webpage for downloading a visualization. To install a visualization, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group.

To stop viewing visualizations

  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 the Player Library, click the Switch to Now Playing button Picture of the Switch to Now Playing button in the lower-right corner of the Player.
  2. Right-click an open space in the Player (to the left of the Stop button, for example), point to Visualizations, and then click No Visualization.