If you want to find out what's on TV now or in the future, turn to the Guide in Windows Media Center. The Guide displays all TV programs in a table, listing the date and time across the top, the channel number and channel name down the left side, and program titles throughout the grid.

Picture of the Guide in Windows Media Center
The Guide in Windows Media Center

Using a mouse, you can navigate the Guide by clicking the program you want to watch or by using the arrow buttons to move up, down, left, and right within the Guide. To access the Guide from the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click guide.

You can also navigate the Guide by using a Windows Media Center remote control. On the remote control, press the GUIDE button, select a program by using the arrow buttons, and then press the OK button to watch the program. (A Windows Media Center remote is an optional accessory for Windows Media Center, and is sold separately.)

The following table describes how to use a mouse and keyboard or a Windows Media Center remote control to navigate the Guide.

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Using a mouse and keyboard
Using a Windows Media Center remote

Jump directly to a specific channel in the Guide

Use the keyboard to type the channel number.

Press the numbered buttons to enter the channel number.

Scroll to the next or previous time slot

Click the right arrow or left arrow button.

Press the right arrow or left arrow button.

Scroll through the TV channels one at a time

Click the up arrow or down arrow button.

Press the up arrow or down arrow button.

Scroll through the TV channels at a fast pace

Click and hold the up arrow or down arrow button.

Press the CH/PG+ or CH/PG- button.

Move the cursor to the right at a fast pace

Click and hold the right arrow button.

Press the FWD button.

Move the cursor to the left at a fast pace

Click and hold the left arrow button.

Press the REW button.

Filter the Guide by category

Click Categories on the left of the Guide grid, and then click a category. You can hover the mouse over each category for a preview. To return to the Guide grid without filtering, click All. (It is not possible to filter the Guide in all regions.)

From the current air time, press the left arrow button twice, and then select Categories. Press the up arrow or down arrow button to choose a category, and then press OK or the right arrow button to filter the Guide by that category.

View program information

Right-click a program, and then click Program Info.

Select a program, press the MORE button, select Program Info, and the press the OK button.

Select a program to watch

Click a program that is currently airing.

Select a program that is currently airing, and then press the OK button.

Record a program from within the Guide

Right-click a program, and then click Record or Record Series.

Select a program, and then press the RECORD button. To record the series, press the RECORD button again.

Notes

  • In order to access the Guide in Windows Media Center, you must have a compatible TV tuner and Internet connectivity. You must also go through the TV signal setup process in Windows Media Center: from the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, and then click Set Up TV Signal.

  • An analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center. If your computer did not come with a TV tuner card, you might be able to add one. For more information about obtaining a TV tuner card, see Get help for your TV tuner card or contact your computer manufacturer.