How-To Geek

Always Show Playback Controls in Now Playing Mode on WMP 12

When your playing music or a video in Windows Media Player in Windows 7, you can toggle the playback controls on or off by hovering the mouse over the window. Here we show you how to always have the playback controls show in Now Playing mode.

In this example I’m playing a song from the band Early Day Miners and we can see the album cover in the Now Playing mode and the playback controls are hidden.


When I hover the mouse pointer over the window the controls pop backup.


To make it so the playback controls are always displayed, switch back to Library view and click Organize then Options.


Click on the Player tab then under Player settings uncheck the box next to Allow autohide of playback controls then click Ok.


That’s all there is to it! Now the playback controls will always be displayed when you go to Now Playing mode.


Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 01/29/10

Comments (6)

  1. bobby.tables

    Anyone’s got a tip how the list on the right is always visible, even after restarting WM? I just can’t figure that one out…

  2. Bill Van Dyken

    What is the difference between ripping and burningv a song orf movie

  3. Michael Bannon

    I would rather have some sort of selection that would get rid of the cheap looking ‘now playing’ in the upper right-hand corner (where it says Land of Pale Saints in the example). This looks like the developers didn’t think of the aesthetics at all. If it can’t look good, I’d rather not have it at all!

  4. Michael Bannon

    Edit my last: left-hand :-(

  5. Odeho19

    @ Bill Van Dyken, Think of it this way Bill, You “rip” a song/movie off of your disc, TO your system. And you “burn” them TO a blank…….

  6. JAA

    thanks man

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