How to Hide the Play Button in Windows Media Player


Windows Media Player is a multimedia program that is used to organize and access video and audio files on a computer. Like many media players, Windows Media Player has a set of standard controls that include the "Play" button as well as controls to move backward and forward to different tracks or parts of the file. When viewing files such as movies, you might want to view them without the "Play" and other buttons taking up part of the screen. There are multiple ways to accomplish this.

  • Click on the "Library" view option in the top section of Windows Media Player followed by the "Organize" button.

  • Click on "Options" and then click on the "Player" tab. Look for a heading titled "Player Settings."

  • Check the box next to "Allow Autohide of Playback Controls" and click on "OK." When listening to music or viewing videos, click on the "Now Playing" view option in the top of Windows Media Player and the buttons will be hidden.

  • Toggle between full-screen mode by clicking the small icon in the lower right-hand side of Windows Media Player. Depending on your version of Media Player, the icon might be a two-sided arrow or a small box with an arrow pointing upward. This will switch between full screen with controls hidden and the regular view of Windows Media Player library and all controls.

Tips & Warnings

  • For older versions of Windows Media Player, click on the "Tools" menu located either in the top menu bar of the Media Player or by clicking the small arrow in the top-right hand section directly above the music library file listings. Then click on "Options" followed by "Performance" and then "Advanced." Uncheck the option for "Display Full Screen Controls" to hide the Play button and other buttons during full-screen viewing.
  • Bring up hidden controls by right-clicking anywhere in Windows Media Player's "Now Playing" screen or moving the cursor around the screen in full screen mode.

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