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Published on 05.21.07 by Brent Trahan

Increase Windows Media Player 11 Play Speed

Learn how to listen to audio or watch video at up to 2 times the normal play speed without affecting the pitch very much in Windows Media Player 11.


This guide shows you how to increase the speed of audio or video in Windows Media Player 11 without affecting the pitch too much.

This is great for listening to an audio book or watching a film in fast forward you can still understand but save time.

Adjust Play Speed Settings

  1. Open Windows Media Player 11.
  2. Click the down arrow under Now Playing.
  3. Point at Enhancements.
  4. Click Play Speed Settings.
  5. Click the blue line anywhere between 1.4 and 2.0 to increase the play speed of media.


  6. If you want to go back to the normal speed simply click the blue line above 1.0.

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7 Responses to “Increase Windows Media Player 11 Play Speed”

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  1. hun says:

    hey, i know how to do this now, but how could i save it permanently like that.

    • FMG says:

      Did you ever find the answer to your question? I have the same question. I want it to permanently work in fast forward at a slower speed than it comes set to, so that I can still understand it when it fast forwards. When setting up a foot pedal for controls, it needs a permanent setting.

  2. kamran says:

    I found your guideline very useful.

  3. paul says:

    simple and works, thanks

  4. dave says:

    Only works for WMV video; doesn’t work for mkv or mp4.

    Works for MP3.

  5. Mary says:

    WMP does that with the chipmunk effect! I prefer specialized software that alters tempo without affecting the pitch, such as this audio book player for Windows: http://www.superutils.com/products/angels-vox/
    I also love its sleep timer ability.

  6. Mark Didj says:

    That’s why my guitar no longer works then. (www.livescript.co.uk/projects/guitar/)
    I was relying on the rate change in WMP to change the pitch, meening I only had to load 6 sounds and use a difficult mathematical equation to create the chords, which I created. Now it seems the only way I can get it to work again is to record every note individually. More bandwidth and storage needed :(

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