How to Turn on Random on Windows Media Player


Listening to your music in the same order over and over can be boring, and often will leave you with whole sets of songs that you never listen to because they fall at the bottom of the list. To help combat this, Microsoft's Windows Media Player provides a function called Shuffle/Repeat allowing you to switch up the order of the songs in your library, to help you in those dull musical moments.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Media Player
  • Open Windows Media Player by clicking on its name in the "Programs" menu or by double-clicking the shortcut on your desktop. The player will open and display your music library.

  • Select a song or multiple songs to be played and press the "Play" button at the bottom of the screen If you select more than one song, Windows Media Player will only play those that are selected. If you select just one, it will play all of the songs in your library.

  • Click on the "Shuffle/Repeat" button found in the lower right corner of the screen. This will turn on the Shuffle setting, which will play your songs at random. This includes songs that you have selected and any other songs in your library.

  • Click the "Shuffle/Repeat" button a second time to turn on the Repeat setting, which will play all of the songs you have selected, then start over from the first song and play them all again until you press "Stop."

  • Click the "Shuffle/Repeat" button a third time to turn on the Shuffle/Repeat setting, which will play all of the songs you have selected in random order until each has been played once, then will play them all again in a new random order until you press "Stop."

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