Global Hotkeys for Windows Media Player

I usually listen to my MP3 collection using SysTrayPlay (STP) music player. I like the fact that it stays out of the way in my system tray and lets me control most operations by global hotkeys. If I need to pause the music, I just hit CTRL-0 or any other combination I’ve chosen.

windows media player iconOccasionally, I like to listen to music using Windows Media Player (WMP). It’s not the greatest player, but it’s already installed and I like the SRS bass boost. The only problem is that it doesn’t have global hotkeys. When WMP is minimized, there’s no way to pause, control volume, skip songs or any other function.

I got tired of this and I went out for a google search. After a few false leads, I finally found what I was looking for. There’s a great solution at named WMP Keys‘.

WMP Keys is a plugin for Windows Media Player that gives you global hotkeys for the following:

• Play/Pause         Ctrl+Alt+Home
• Next                     Ctrl+Alt+Right
• Previous             Ctrl+Alt+Left
• Volume Up           Ctrl+Alt+Up
• Volume Down       Ctrl+Alt+Down
• Fast Forward     Ctrl+Alt+F
• Fast Backward   Ctrl+Alt+B
• Rate [1-5]         Ctrl+Alt+[1-5]

WMP Keys is easy to use and manage. Download and install it. The next time you open up Windows Media Player, open up the Tools menu, choose Options and the Plugins tab. Find the Backgrounds category and enable the Wmpkeys plugin with a check in it’s check-box.

At this point, you can choose the Properties button to change any of the hotkeys that are assigned to the Media Player functions.


These hotkeys work. It’s that simple.

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Would you like to see some of the other cool things you can do with Windows Media Player? Check out these links.

• How to Uninstall Windows Media Player 11

• Play Real Media Files in Windows Media Player

• Play FLV Files In Windows Media Player

• How To Play QuickTime Files In Windows Media Player?

• How To Play Any Video File In Windows Media Player?

Techie Buzz Verdict:

WMP Keys is small, free and open source. It solves what I considered to be a big problem. I’d like to see the plugin expanded to include more functions, but it’s fine the way it is now. I can recommend it to anyone who still loves to play their music in Windows Media Player.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

How to Enable Windows Media Player Taskbar Toolbar in Windows 7

If you have used past versions of Windows, you are probably familiar with the Windows Media Player taskbar toolbar (or taskband). The taskbar toolbar used to be triggered whenever Media Player was minimized and provided a quick and convenient way to control playback. Unfortunately, this feature was dumped in Windows Media Player 12, which ships with Windows 7. However, Justin from WinMatrix has found a way to enable Windows Media Player toolbar even in Windows 7.


  • You will first need to get a copy of the %programfiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll file from a WMP 11 installation. You can obtain it from your friend’s system or you can use the download links provided at the end of this post. Remember that you must copy from a system with the same OS architecture (i.e. 32 bit or 64 bit).
  • Paste this file in the %programfiles%\Windows Media Player directory.
  • Type services.msc in the Start Menu and hit Enter. Ensure that Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is stopped.
  • Start command prompt as administrator by typing cmd in the Start Menu and pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
  • Type regsvr32 “%programfiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll” and press Enter.
  • Restart the Windows Media Player Network Sharing service (if you had stopped it earlier on).
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  • Run Windows Media Player and minimize it. Right click on an empty spot in the taskbar and select Toolbars –> Windows Media Player. Ignore the warning and you should get the Windows Media Player taskbar toolbar.

Fix Windows Media Player Errors With Fix WMP

Windows Media Player is the default media player in Windows. Sometimes you may come across issues with the player which may not allow you to play audio or video files due to corrupted dll (Dynamic Linking Library) files.

Fix Windows Media Player Errors

Fix WMP is a handy which will re-register all the dll files associated with Windows Media player to fix any issues it has.

There are 40 dll files associated with WMP which can be easily fixed with FixWMP. FixWMP is a portable software, so you don’t need to install it. Fix WMP works on and Windows Media Player.

Download FixWMP

Play FLV Files In Windows Media Player

Though there are Standalone Flash Players and Desktop FLV (Flash Video) Player, there are many chances that you may not want to use separate players to watch different types of videos. If your favorite video player is Windows Media Player, there are always tools that will allow you to play unsupported formats in it.


Like the plugin to play Real media files in WMP, a plugin to play Quicktime videos in WMP or codecs that support playing virtually any video in Windows Media Player.

Continue reading Play FLV Files In Windows Media Player

How To Uninstall Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7?

By default has Windows Media Player 12 as the default media player, if you are not happy with the performance of the Media player, you can easily downgrade the Windows Media Player 12 to WMP 11.


Though the method is not straightforward and you will need to perform a hack uninstall of WMP 12. There are several steps you will need to follow to do this.

Step 1: Download Windows Media Player 11 Installer for Windows 7 (Update: January 31, 2012 – Link updated)

Step 2: Type services.msc in Windows 7 search bar and open the services application.

Step 3: Find the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service and Stop it.

Step 4: You will need to take Ownership of several files which include:

    1. All files in Program Files\Windows Media Player\ folder
    2. All files starting with wmp in System32 folder
    3. wmploc.dll.mui in Sytem32\en-us\ folder

Step 5: Run the Windows Media Player 11 Installer you had downloaded earlier.

Step 6: Type Regedit in Windows 7 search bar and open the registry editor application.

Step 7: Delete following Registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Setup\Installed Versions

Step 8: Reboot your Windows 7 for the changes to take effect.

That’s it, with these steps you will be able to downgrade WMP 12 and use WMP 11 instead. Want to share any Windows 7 tips? Feel free to contact us with your tips.

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How To Play QuickTime Files In Windows Media Player? [Reader Query]

One of our readers Shadow sent us a query which asked us:

How do you change files from Quick Time media player to Windows media player? My friend just uploaded a slipknot album, the only problem is, I have windows and he has quick time. So I can’t listen to it.

Well this is a common problem faced by many people, since they do not have the Quick Time player provided by Apple. There is a simple solution though that will allow you to play quick time audio and video files in windows media player.

Related: How to Play Real Media Files (.rm, .rmvb, etc) in Windows Media Player

Continue reading How To Play QuickTime Files In Windows Media Player? [Reader Query]

How To Play Any Video File In Windows Media Player? [User Recommendation]

This post is part of the user recommendation series where users recommend question to us.

Our reader Jerome asks us Hey Techie, I have been reading you for quite some time and wanted to ask this question. I love Windows Media Player but it does not play all the files I download saying that some codec is being downloaded, some of the videos only have sounds but no video at all. I did try VLC player but do not like the interface and would like to play all the files in Windows Media Player, can you tell me know I can do it?

Well Jerome, like you we too have been using Windows Media player for quite some time, in the past we have also shown how to play real media files in Windows Media Player, but there are several other files which do not play in Windows Media Player, even though they are supposedto play in Windows Media player.

Continue reading How To Play Any Video File In Windows Media Player? [User Recommendation]