Library/Now Playing click behaviour

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Steven, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Steven

    Steven Guest


    Windows Media Player 11 has been pushed onto my laptop by our company IT
    policies some days ago, so I am a somewhat forced user.

    I was a huge fan of the fact you could adapt the click behaviour in the
    library: I had set it to 'add to now playing list upon double click' in
    WMP10. this was a very efficient way to use the player.

    I found out this functionality is missing from WMP11!! I know I can drag the
    items to the list, but double clicking irrevertably sends all items currently
    showing in the library to the now playing list... why oh why???

    Is there any way to enable the click behaviour functionality in WPM11 as it
    was in WMP10???

    Thanks in advance,
    Steven, Dec 20, 2006
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    tommylux Guest

    Hi Steven,

    GOOD LUCK finding a solution, Was very fond of this feature also. Spent
    ages on Google and haven't found anything.

    Apparently there is a variable which still exists to change the
    behavior as some users found when updating their Media Player, the
    behavior of the double click has retained their user preferences..
    Personally, I think these people are liars, I have found that my media
    player defaulted back to one click to add the entire search results.
    What are Microsoft thinking? I mean, One click to add your 10,000 mp3
    collection to now playing list.

    Anyway, good luck finding this variable, I don't know where to start
    looking, Registry? or Application Data? No idea. I have looked around
    the actual program and there was nothing obvious. For now, I have given
    into right click> Add to> Now Playing.

    Despite this small inconvenience, I am very happy the way WMP 11 looks
    after the media files and think its a great improvement over WMP10. But
    unfortunately, the search continues/ or simply waiting for Microsoft to
    give us techies the freedom our own click actions!

    What ever you do, Don't migrate to iTunes, Hated the lack of features
    and simple user design, it completely re-organised my collection into
    separate folders for each media file. Bad iTunes.

    tommylux, Dec 26, 2006
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    Justin Guest

    Hi Steven,

    I was also a big fan of the double click to add to now playing list, and I'm
    baffled as to why they would have removed this feature.

    I know we can right click, add to playlist, but surely there has to be a way
    to get the double click to work as it did in WMP10.

    Have you had any luck finding a solution?
    Justin, Dec 28, 2006
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    Justin Guest

    Hi Steven, hi Tommylux,

    sonny provided a solution for me i thought you might want to see.

    "You need to make an entry into your registry.
    Under[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences] add this
    line and the dword value "LibraryDoubleClickQueueV11"=dword:00000001

    I have added the line just now and it seems to work flawlessly. Just a major
    pain in the arse that microsoft didn't leave it in the options to begin with.
    I don't think that we should have to modify the registry to get this feature
    back again. BAD MS.

    Anyway I hope this helps.
    Justin, Dec 28, 2006
  5. Steven

    Steven Guest


    I just verified it and it works indeed! Thank you very much!

    Kind Regards,


    p.s. I totally agree with you on your opinion about the registry modification.

    Steven, Dec 28, 2006
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    tommylux Guest

    Thanks Justin, Fantastic. I knew it was there somewhere!

    Don't suppose you know the other variables for this registary entry for
    the different types of double click? I'm happy just with this, but
    could be good for the archive seems MS has only just released V11?

    Thanks again.

    tommylux, Dec 28, 2006
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    Bumpfel Guest

    Thank God... and you too of course Justin. :D
    Works great

    Question is really why Microsoft did that awful thing to remove that option. Why would you want to add your entire library to the playlist when double-clicking on a song???

    I tested another "pirated" and slightly modified version of win media player, where they prompted the user to setup the previous version of wmp to whatever options you desired before installing. Then after installation, amongst other, the playlist option was saved to wmp11.
    Unfortunately that version contained a few other bugs which bothered me even more than this one... - .NET Developer Portal of Choice
    Bumpfel, Jan 7, 2007
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    Vaughan Guest

    Please please plase can somebody tell me how to do this. Its way beyond my
    little brain to work it out from what I can see so far.

    Vaughan, Jan 12, 2007
  9. Steven

    tommylux Guest


    1. Close Media Player v11

    2. Start > Run > regedit

    3. On the left, click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER then Software then Microsoft
    then MediaPlayer then Preferences.

    4. On the right hand screen, Rightclick > new > DWORD Value. It will
    create a new key called "New Value #1" where you can immediately rename
    it to "LibraryDoubleClickQueueV11"

    5. Double click on the new key (LibraryDoubleClickQueueV11) and type or
    paste in: "00000001"

    6. Close regedit and wait 5 mins / Log off / restart for the key to
    kick in.

    7. Open media player and try. It may take a couple of attempts/closes
    for it to work.

    8. Thanks Sonny


    tommylux, Jan 15, 2007
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