How to Put Windows Media Player Into the Taskbar


From the Windows "Start" button on the left to the clock on the right, the taskbar at the bottom of the Windows desktop contains icons for frequently used programs as well as clickable "buttons" for programs that are currently running on the desktop. If you want to place an icon on the taskbar for Windows Media Player because you use if often, you can easily add it, but the technique is different depending on the version of Windows you are using.

Windows XP and Vista

  • Click the Windows "Start" button (the colored button at the lower left-hand side of your desktop).

  • Type "Windows Media Player" in the search area (do not press "Enter" or the program will begin running). Windows Media Player, if you have it installed, will show up in the column above the search area.

  • Click over the words "Windows Media Player" and hold down the left mouse button while "dragging" the file down to the taskbar, dropping it just to the right of the "Start" button.

  • Check that Windows Media Player is now on your taskbar by looking for its icon (a blue square with an orange arrow inside it) to the right of the "Start" button. If you don't see it, it may be hidden because you have several other icons on the taskbar and they are taking up room. Click the double white arrows that show up after the far-right icon. A small window will pop up, and if you correctly moved the program, you'll see the Windows Media Player Icon.

  • Launch Windows Media Player by clicking its icon on the taskbar.

Windows 7

  • Place a currently running program onto the taskbar. When Windows Media Player program is running, its button--a square with the program's icon on it--will be present on the taskbar. Right-click the program's button.

  • Select "Pin this program to taskbar" in the window that pops up.

  • Close the program, and you'll see the Windows Media icon remain on the taskbar.

  • Pin a program--one that is not currently running--to the taskbar. Click the Windows Start Button. In the search window, type "Windows Media Player." Do not press "Enter" or the program will begin running.

  • Right-click the program when it appears in the "Programs" window. Select "Pin this program to taskbar." The icon will now appear on the taskbar.

Tips & Warnings

  • To remove Windows Media Player from the taskbar, right-click the icon and select either "Unpin this program from taskbar" (for Windows 7) or "Delete" (Windows XP and Vista). Don't worry--clicking "Delete" will not remove the program from your computer, it will only remove the icon from the taskbar.

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