Listening to the songs on your computer via Windows Media Player is pretty easy – all you have to do is play a song and make sure it is configured to play through Windows Media Player. However, what if you want to start playing a song you have on your computer from within Windows Media Player – what then? Well, to play a specific song from within Windows Media Player, you need to find the song in WMP’s library and play it from there. However, unfortunately, Windows Media Player does not add all of the songs you have on your computer to its library – this needs to be done manually.
To be able to play songs you have on your computer from within Windows Media Player, you need to first add those songs to Windows Media Player’s library so that you can easily access them. Adding music to the Windows Media Player, thankfully, is pretty simple and straightforward. If you would like to add songs that are stored in a location on your computer to your Windows Media Player library, you need to:
- Launch Windows Media Player.
- Click on Organize in Windows Media Player‘s toolbar.
- Hover over Manage libraries and click on Music in the menu that appears. Doing so will open the Music Library Locations dialog box.
- Click on Add.
- Navigate to the folder on your computer that the song you want to add to your Windows Media Player library is located in, and click on the folder to select it.
- Click on Include Folder.
- When asked to confirm if you really want to go through with it, click on OK.
You will now see that the song you wanted to add to your Windows Media Player library is readily available in the library and that you can now easily play it from Windows Media Player. A massive upside to this process of adding music to Windows Media Player is that when you have the application include a specific folder in its library, it does not simply add the one song you wanted to add to its library – it actually adds every single audio file it finds within the selected folder to its library as long as the audio file is in a format WMP recognizes and is capable of playing.
Adding music to your Windows Media Player library not only allows you to play it from within the application but also helps makes things easier, things such as creating personalized playlists for yourself or burning songs to a CD using WMP.