Play video and watch pictures in Windows Media Center

With Windows Media Center, you can play your home videos and view your digital photos in a number of fun ways. You can also organize your digital media files to make them easier to access from your computer's hard disk.

To access your digital pictures and videos from the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library or video library.

Picture showing the picture library option
Accessing the picture library in Windows Media Center

You can scroll left or right through your digital media collection by moving the mouse to the edge of the screen, or by using the left and right arrow buttons on your keyboard.

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To find and play a video file

If you're having trouble finding a particular video file, try changing the way that Windows Media Center groups your videos.

  1. On the start screen, scroll to Pictures + Videos, and then click video library.

  2. Click folders to sort your folders and files alphabetically, or click date taken to sort your folders and files by date.

  3. Find the video that you want to watch and then click the video file to play it.

To change the video background color

If an unchanging image stays on the screen of some displays for too long, a faint remnant of the image might stay on the screen even after a new image has replaced it. This is called screen burn. To avoid screen burn on your display during video playback in Windows Media Center, you can change the shade of black that might appear to the left and right or at the top and bottom of your video.

  1. On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click General, and then click Visual and Sound Effects.

  2. Under Video background color, click the - or + button to change the color. The default color is black—you can change it to different shades of gray, or to solid white.

To find and view a picture

If you're having trouble finding a particular picture file, try changing the way Windows Media Center groups your pictures.

  1. On the start screen, scroll to Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library.

  2. Click folders to sort your folders and files alphabetically, click date taken to sort your folders and files by date, or click tags to sort your files by tags that have been applied. (To learn more about tags and how to use them, see Tag pictures so they're easier to find.)

  3. Click the picture that you want to view.

To play a slide show

A slide show is a way to view a group of photos one-by-one at full screen. You can define a slide show group by folder, by date taken, or by tag. While a slide show is playing, you can move your mouse to make the transport controls appear. The transport controls enable you to play, pause, move to the previous or next slide, or end the slide show.

You can even play a slide show with background music. For information about how to play music and a slide show together, see Your pics on the big screen: Create slide shows in Windows Media Center.

  1. On the start screen, scroll to Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library.

  2. Click folders, tags, or date taken (depending on how you want to group your slide show), and then click a collection of pictures.

  3. Click play slide show to begin the slide show presentation.

To customize a slide show

There are many options for customizing your slide show. You can specify the order in which pictures are shown, whether or not pictures in subfolders will be included in your slide show, the type of transition you want, the duration of the transitions, and other aspects of a slide show presentation.

  1. On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, and then click Pictures. You can customize your slide show using the options on this screen.

  2. Click Save to save the slide show settings.

Note

  • If you want to control Windows Media Center with a remote control, an optional Windows Media Center remote control is required.