How to List All Music in Windows Media Player Library

Indexing your WMP music collection with a free app

What to Know

  • The easiest way is to use MediaInfo Exporter.
  • To export a playlist in MediaInfo Exporter, go to File > Open > Folder, choose folder, select OK > View > Sheet > File > Export.
  • You can export playlists in a variety of formats, including Word, Excel, HTML, and more.

If you use Windows Media Player to organize your digital music library, you may want to catalog its contents. Keeping a record of the songs you have can come in handy. For instance, you might want to check if you have a song before purchasing it (again). Or, you need to find the songs you have by a band or artist. It's usually easier to use a text-based catalog than the search facility in WMP.

However, Windows Media Player doesn't have a built-in way of exporting your library as a list. And, there's no print option, so you can't use the Windows generic text-only print driver to generate a text file.

This article explains how to create a list of music for Windows Media Player using MediaInfo Exporter. Instructions apply to Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

Organizing digital music

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MediaInfo Exporter

Perhaps the best solution is to use a tool called MediaInfo Exporter. This came with Microsoft's free Winter Fun Pack 2003. It was originally made for Windows Media Player 9, but there are newer versions for more current versions of Windows (among other operating systems).

The MediaInfo Exporter tool enables you to save a list of songs in different formats. These are:

Downloading the App

Go to the MediaArea web page and select the drop-down menu under MediaInfo. Select Download from the menu. Select your version of Windows to download. After the installation process has finished, select it from the Start Menu to set up any Preferences. Select OK to close.

Using the MediaInfo Exporter Tool

Now that you've successfully installed the app, it's time to create a catalog of your songs. To do this, run MediaInfo and follow these steps:

  1. Select File > Open > Folder.

    Selecting Folder to locate music.
  2. Choose the folder containing the music you wish to catalog and select OK.

    Selecting the folder on your hard drive and choosing OK.
  3. To view a list of songs, go to View > Sheet.

    Selecting the type of layout for the export.
  4. To export the list, go to File > Export (or press Alt+E).

    Selecting Export from the File menu.
  5. Select the format you wish to export the file.

    File options to save export to.
  6. Choose where you want to save the file and filename under Choose your desired filename and select OK.

    Selecting a path to save file and filename.
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