Managing entire library - is deleting whilst viewing possible?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by AJ, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. AJ

    AJ Guest


    In previous versions of WMP I used to be able to watch my entire library
    (downloaded or imported video clips) and delete them from the library and the
    PC in one simple step. I now have to toggle between the 'now playing' and
    'library' tabs, and then my current playlist struggles to keep up. Is there
    a trick I am missing? All I am trying to do is a simple review entire
    library and delete old clips task...

    AJ, Aug 24, 2008
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  2. In the Library view, next to the Search box, click the dropdown menu
    directly to the left of it, and choose Details view.

    Now go to All Video to show everything you have.

    On the header bar, right click to select columns - typically this
    might show Title, Length, parental rating and so on.

    Choose to add column "Date last played". The order will sill be
    natural order (most likely the last view, or alphabetical depending on
    how you use this library view).

    Click the column Date Last Played which you just added - clicking it
    once shows the oldest stuff at the top (reverse order) and again to
    show the most recent stuff you played.

    Select the first (oldest) item you want to remove using the mouse,
    hold down shift and select the last (more recently played) item, to
    select a group of videos.

    Right-click and choose Delete, then "Delete from library and computer"
    when prompted.

    The details view is much "lighter" on the PC than the default icon
    view and will show the list a great deal faster. You can double-click
    to play those items to review them, then click the blue Back arrow
    next to Now Playing to return to the videos list.

    Alternatively to go through the list deciding which to remove, with
    the oldest videos selected you can right-click the group of items and
    Add To -> Playlists... (then choose Create Playlist button), review
    them directly in Now Playing using the playlist panel on the right
    hand side

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Aug 25, 2008
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  3. AJ

    AJ Guest

    Thanks Neil - I didn't realise you could use the back button to go to
    managing the library from the playing tab, whilst still running the full
    playlist - ta!
    AJ, Aug 25, 2008
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