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Published on 05.02.07 by Brent Trahan

Windows Media Player Toolbar

This guide shows you how to enable and use the Windows Media Player toolbar.


Windows Media Player has a nifty toolbar that sits in your taskbar next to the time and lets you control Windows Media Player while you do other things.


Enable the WMP Toolbar

  1. Right-click the taskbar, point at Toolbars, and then select Windows Media Player.
  2. To show the Windows Media Player toolbar simply minimize Windows Media Player.

Using the WMP Toolbar

  • Controlling WMP: Simply use the Stop, Play, Pause, Rewind, and Fast Forward buttons to control your media.
  • Volume Management: Click the little speaker next to the fast forward button to mute. To adjust the volume press the down arrow next to the little speaker and then adjust the volume left or right.
  • Maximize WMP: Click the little WMP icon (all the way on the left of the WMP toolbar) or click the maximize button (far bottom right) to maximize WMP.
  • View Visualizations and Video: Click the arrows that point up and down (far top right) to show or hide visualizations if you’re listening to music or video if your viewing a video.

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11 Responses to “Windows Media Player Toolbar”

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  1. chris says:

    my toolbar doesnt do that and it is enabled. It just stays as a regular minimized window.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    having the same problem as chris, i have the toolbar enabled and it just minimizes regularly, been googling for a fix all day cant find one. anyone have any suggestions?

  3. john smith says:


  4. fareyus says:

    thx for guid

  5. shockfast says:

    Hi,when i Right-click the taskbar, point at Toolbars,i do not find the windows media player toolbar option there…….I use to have it before and was enabled also,now something happened and its gone and also my recycle bin does not show a paper in the icon when i delete something plz help me…………my email is

    [email protected]

  6. xuxu says:

    Hey, I’ve got same problem as shockfast and though I did try the solution by Squad, it just doesn’t work. Can anybody help me?


  7. Jakob C. says:

    I have the same exact problem as shockfast and xuxu. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP US!!!

  8. Jason D says:

    Same problem here and the above link doesn’t apply since it’s for Vista and Windows 7. Need a fix for XP.

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