How to Get Windows Media Player to Scan for MP3s


Windows Media Player is a full-fledged music listening and organizing platform that comes free with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Through powerful search and organization features, the program allows you to completely sort your music collection to make the most of your listening experience. However, the program cannot work if you do not add music to your library, so get your Windows Media Player library up-to-date by scanning your computer for MP3s.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Media Player
  • Open Windows Media Player by selecting its icon in your "Programs" menu or by double-clicking the shortcut on your desktop. The program will open a new window and display your current library.

  • Open the "Add to Library by Searching Computer" dialog box by selecting it from the "File" menu or pressing "F3" on your keyboard. Windows Media Player will open a new dialog box.

  • Click "Browse" to select the folder(s) where you would like Windows Media Player to search for music. If you would like to search the entire computer, simply select the "C:" drive.

  • Click the "Search" button. Windows Media Player will search your computer in the folders you specified and add any music files to your library. Afterward you may scan your newly added songs and remove those that are unnecessary or unwanted.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is usually best to have a specified folder in which you keep all your music files. Not only will this speed up Windows Media Player by keeping it from scanning the hard drive repeatedly, but it will also keep the "Add to Library by Searching Computer" function from finding audio files that are associated with other programs.

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