How To Make a Custom Playlist in Windows Media Player 11

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Making playlists is an essential task if you want to create order from the chaos of your music library. They are useful for creating your own compilations, synchronizing to a media or MP3 player, burning music to an audio/data CD, and more.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Setup time - 2 minutes max. / Playlist compilation time - depends on ​the number of tracks to add.

Here's How:

  1. Creating a New Playlist

    Click on the Library tab at the top of the screen (if not already selected) to bring up the library menu screen. Click on the Create Playlist option (under playlists menu) in the left pane - you may need to click on the + icon to open this menu if this isn't visible. Type in a label for your new playlist and press the [Return] key. You will now see that a new playlist has been created with the label you just typed in.

  1. Populating a Playlist

    The next step shows you how to populate your new playlist with tracks from your music library. Drag and drop tracks from your music library to the newly created playlist displayed in the left pane. Again, you may need to click on the + icon next to the library menu item to see the sub-options. For example, click on the Artist sub-menu to simplify creating a playlist that contains all the music from a particular band or artist.

  2. Using Your Playlist

    Once you have a populated playlist, you can use it to playback the music tracks from your music library, burn a CD, or sync to a media/MP3 player - use the top menu tabs (Burn, Sync, etc.)and drag your playlist over to the right pane to burn, or sync your playlist.

What You Need:

  • Windows Media Player 9 + software
  • Digital music library
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