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Published on 05.24.07 by Brent Trahan

Enable and Adjust Windows Media Player 11 Graphic Equalizer

Learn how to enable and adjust the graphic equalizer in Windows Media Player 11.

Yes Windows Media Player 11 does have a graphic equalizer. It’s turned off and slightly hidden by default.

This guide shows you how to enable the graphic equalizer in WMP 11 and a brief description on how to adjust it.

Enable the Equalizer

  1. Open Windows Media Player 11.
  2. Point at the Now Playing tab and click the down arrow that appears under it.
  3. Point at Enhancements and then select Graphic Equalizer.
  4. The graphic equalizer will show up at the bottom of the Now Playing section of Windows Media Player 11.


  5. Click Turn on located near the top left of the equalizer to enable it.

Adjusting the Equalizer

To adjust the sliders simply drag them up or down with your mouse.

Set How the Sliders Act When Moved

Before you start adjusting the sound with the sliders you need to set how the sliders act when moved.

Select one of the three options located on the left of the equalizer. Your options are for the sliders to move independently of each other, move together in a loose group, or move together in a tight group. It’s your choice.

Using Presets

Windows Media Player 11’s graphic equalizer comes with many presets for different types of music.

Simply click the down arrow next to default or custom at the top of the graphic equalizer and select the type of music you’re listening to from the list.

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  1. Kiran says:


    how to change color for the animation of bars in graphic equalizer.


  2. Andrew says:

    If you want to do this in WMP11 in german:
    Use Ansicht – Erweiterungen – Grafikequalizer

  3. Rahul says:

    how do i get a good bass….using the windows media player equilizer??

  4. Brent Trahan says:

    Move the sliders on the left side up.

  5. brad says:

    hey wots up man I was just wondering if its possible to isolate any instrument completely by its self like drums forinstance.

  6. eduardo says:

    thanks 2 all of u give some expirience. mx

  7. Alexander (FSXC182RG) says:

    When I get the full graphic equalizer, the loud sound get quiet and the lower ones get loud, is there any fix for that thing???

  8. Luke says:

    When listening to songs on media player it sounds very echoey, anyway to help this please help

  9. John Crawford says:

    Hey guys, here’s a breakdown for those that might not know a lot about frequency response. Being that WMP’s eq is only a 10 band eq, you’re not going to get a very responsive fine tuning. But, boost your 62Hz fader to add a little punch in the low end. (Boosting the 32Hz fader will really just add a lot of low end boominess). Boost 250 Hz to add a little fullness to the bass and midrange. Boost 2K and 4K to add clarity to the vocals.

  10. Luke wrote: “When listening to songs on media player it sounds very echoey, anyway to help this please help”

    Be sure you turn off the SRS Wow effects. I use Media Player when converting music for the station, it works great, but you do need to experiment a bit to find “your’ sound.

    Good luck

  11. Kristine says:

    Wow Thanks, I could not find the equilizer in my Mp11. Now that I have my Klipsch promedia 2.1 speakers are really jumping around. I will be deaf soon.

  12. Hey Kristine, how do you like the Klipsch? I’m about to buy a few new speakers for the systems, here.

  13. Rebecca says:

    THANK YOU JOHN CRAWFORD!! Yeah, the Numbers, 62’s, 32’s H’s, Z’s, K’s and WHAT THEIR PURPOSE IS!! (Oh, don’t get me wrong…all the other sites that said “put your cursor on the ones you want up and move it up, ones you want down, move down” were very educational. I started to apply for the “mixing board” job at CBGB’s! lol.
    Thanks for the real info, finally. –Rebecca

  14. Paul says:

    I find that boosting anything much past +3 on more than a couple of frequencies causes a DolbyC type compression on the sound – causing a “pumpy” effect (not srsWow – I know the difference). If you’re looking for any reasonable bass responce, good luck finding it WMP. The best sound results you’re likely to get is by droping everything to -14 and then boost the freqs you like to a max of +3 to +5

    Can anyone recommend a player with a sensible EQ range (down to at least 25Hz) that actually makes good use of any sound cards produced 1995 onwards? Yes, sub 32 adds boom, but a bass drum does not stop at 32 – boom is part of it’s sound and if you’re into more electronica sounds the tones used go way below that.

  15. chethan says:

    can anyone suggest good online resources on how the equalizer works???
    why some many freq levels ? and how exactly an equalizer is integrated into a media player ??

    thank you

  16. Tristan says:

    So… Is there no way I can get a decent club/dancy bass sound on the WMP EQ? Thanks.

  17. Pelado says:

    HI, i´m still having problems turning the eq on.
    It works perfectly with music and videos but when i use the windows media 11 to open a dvd the eq won´t turn on.
    Thanks people.

  18. andrew says:

    hey guys, i was just wondering what the loudest setting for WMP EQ is?

  19. Mike Midgard says:

    wtf did they autohide the enhancements that worked perfectly before. Its even separate from the window player when i get it too totally sucks.

  20. little "C" says:


  21. ASWIN RAJ says:

    My display get blurred(like when we zoom an image of poor quality) when i fullscreen the screen while playing a video clip(of all formats).This problem is began to see after formatting the PC.Please send me a solution.

  22. RandomIndo says:

    ‘sup, dudes?

    Wich one of the equalizer bars is the bass? this might be a stupid question, but im kinda new to the equalizer

    • Zakk says:

      The lower the value in Hz, the lower the pitch of the sound. Therefore, you should probably experiment with values at or below around 250Hz (That should hit the lower range, middle range, and some of the upper range of a bass guitar). Anything below 20Hz would probably be useless to tinker with as normal human hearing is limited to a range, 20Hz-20000Hz(or 20KHz). To get yourself accustomed to the different frequencies you could download a tone generator (There are free ones) and punch in exactly the frequencies you want to hear.

  23. John says:

    Thanks for sharing about how to find the equalizer in windows media player, because i now can increase bass and treble and its all thanks to this excellent guide, keep the informative articles up!

  24. pvl says:

    Can I use the EQ while I burn a CD ?

  25. Jill says:

    This is all nice and dandy, but how do you enable the graphic eq so that it is displayed permanently? I’m sick of right clicking and dragging the mouse, and yada yada in order to get to it. Other media players have a way to just display it and connect it. This having to go into menus and sub-menus just to use things that should be on the dashboard is getting real old, real quick.

  26. donnan meade says:

    Cannot locate a down arrow on my Now Playing tab on wmp11 and so cannot access my eq to improve sound quality. can somebody help.

  27. donnan meade says:

    please help me find the eq on wmp11 to resolve sound problems. I do not have a down arrow on the “now playing” tab.

  28. Taff Hayward says:

    1/ open “now playing” by clicking the buttom bottom right of the player.
    2/ In the same place on the now playing screen you will see a box with a small arrow,left click gives you full screen, right click that and open enhancements/Graphic Equalizer.

    There are basically 4 bands of sound Bass, Low Mid, High Mid, and Treble.
    Bass up to 125 kick/bass drum, bass guitar
    Low Mid from 125 to 1k low piano, baritone sax
    High Mid from 1k to 4k vocal, tenor sax
    Treble from 4k upwards cymbals, triangle, vocal sibilance.

    Adjust the sliders to give you the flattest possible sound, in other words so that each part of the sound spectrum is at the same volume.
    This will depend on the speakers used, so while some speakers may need a lot of bass added, others will already have a good bass response and will not need this.

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