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Published on 05.02.07 by Brent Trahan

Managing Columns in Windows Media Player’s Music Library

This guide shows you how to add, remove, move, sort, and resize columns in your Windows Media music library.


This guide shows you how to personalize the columns in Windows Media Player’s music library to your needs.

Add, Remove, and Moving Columns

To add, remove, or move a column you need to open the columns properties window.

  1. To open the columns properties window open Windows Media Player.
  2. Click the Library tab to show your music library.
  3. Right-click on any of the column headers and select Choose Columns.

    Hint: Right-click where it says Title at the very top of the list of albums in your music library.

Now that the Choose Columns options window is open let’s start customizing things.


Add or Removing Columns

Simply check each column type you want to appear and uncheck any you don’t want to appear in the music library.

Moving Columns

To move a column, select it and then click the Move Up or Move Down buttons. You can also move columns by dragging the column header to the new location in your library.

Here is a view of my custom music library after removing, and adding a few columns.


Detailed View

You can remove the album art and compact the columns to show more detail by clicking the down arrow just to the left of the search box in the top right of WMP and selecting Details.


Resize and Sorting Columns

Resizing Columns

Columns can be resized by pointing at the far right of the column header (for example: the line that borders the right side of Title) and clicking the left mouse button and while holding down the left mouse button move the mouse left or right to expand or shrink the column width.

Sorting Columns

To sort your library by a particular column right-click the column header and select Sort by ‘Column Name’.

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  1. Helen Bond says:

    Hi, I have a problem. I can’t remove the album art on windows media player 11. I tried what you said but it’s impossible to uncheck the album art option when chossing the columns or even to move it up/down. I really want my library to look like yours or even to minimize the size of the album art…could please help me out…thanks!!

  2. Brent Trahan says:

    This guide tells you how to do it just under Detailed View.

  3. AAA says:

    what i did, was on the menu bar (the ones with Music>Library>Songs, move to the right, and there are 2 drop down menus, drop down from view options, and click “details” the album art will disappear.

  4. Ken says:

    Hi, how to disable the album to be sort separately under the column categories? I just wan to show all the album in my library…In default, all album shown without group in year, Album, etc. But suddenly become grouped, how to restore back the view?

  5. Brent Trahan says:

    Try clicking Album in the left column just under Library when you’re in the Library section of Windows Media Player.

  6. Danny says:

    How can I get the view in Now Playing to show more than two columns? Right now it only shows title and length and it doesn’t let me add anymore. Also, in other views, like Recently Added or Songs it does let me add all available columns, but it doesn’t let me scroll to the right if all the columns don’t fit on the screen.

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