How to Add Music to Windows Media Player 11

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Introduction

If you’ve got music and other types of media files floating around your hard drive, then get organized! Making a media library using Windows Media Player (WMP) for example can save you heaps of time looking for the right song, genre or album and has other benefits - making playlists, burning custom CDs etc.

If you haven’t got Windows Media Player 11, then the latest version can be downloaded from Microsoft. Once downloaded and installed, run WMP and click on the Library tab at the top of the screen.

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Navigating the Library Menu

Having clicked on the Library tab, you will now be in the library section of Windows Media Player (WMP). Here you will see playlist options in the left pane as well as categories such as artist, album, songs etc.

To start adding music and other media types to your library, click on the small down-arrow icon which is situated underneath the library tab at the top of the screen.

A drop-down menu will appear giving you various options. Click on Add to Library and make sure your media type is set to music as in the example screen shot.

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Choosing Your Media Folders

Windows Media Player gives you the option to select what folders you want to scan for media files - such as music, photos, and videos. The first thing to is check to see if you are in the advanced options mode by looking for the Add button. If you can’t see it then click on Advanced Options to expand the dialog box.

When you see the Add button, click on it to start adding folders to the monitored folders list. Finally, click on the OK button to begin the process of scanning your computer for media files.

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Reviewing Your Library

After the searching process is complete, close the search dialog box by clicking on the close button. Your library should now be built and you can check this by clicking on some of the options on the left pane. For example, selecting artist will list all the artists in your library in alphabetical order.