How to Add Album Art in Windows Media Player

Add missing album art or customize WMP music with your own images

What to Know

  • In Window Media Player, click Library, expand the Library section, and click the Album category. Find an album missing art.
  • Option 1: Search online for the real album art and copy it. Then, in WMP, right-click the album art area and select Paste Album Art.
  • Option 2: Add custom art. Paste any image you like with the JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, or TIFF format.

This article explains how to add album artwork, including custom images, in Windows Media Player if albums in your music library are missing cover art.

How to Add Art for Album Covers

  1. Click the Library menu tab at the top of Window Media Player 11 main screen.

  2. In the left panel, expand the Library section to view the contents.

  3. Click on the Album category to see a list of albums in your library.

  4. Browse the albums until you see one with missing album art or with art you want to replace.

    Windows Media Player showing current albums.
  5. Go to the internet and locate the missing album art by typing the name of the album and the artist into a search field. If you already have the image you want or made a custom image of your own, locate the image on your computer.

  6. Copy the missing album art from the internet. To do that, locate the album art and then right-click on the album art and select ​Copy Image.

  7. Go back to Windows Media Player > Library.

  8. Right-click the current album art area and select Paste Album Art from the drop-down menu to paste the new album art into position.

    Pasting album art in Windows Media Player
  9. Verify that the correct image pasted into the box.

Album Art Requirements

To use an image file as new album art, you need an image in a format that's compatible with Windows Media Player. The format can be JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, or TIFF.

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