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I am habituated to use Winamp for my music needs. Now, I am using Windows Media Player, as I can not install Winamp on my office machine. I want to be able to control Play/Pause, Stop, Next, Previous, Volume Up/Dowm with keyboard irrespective of having or not having focus on Windows Media Player.

Is there any way to do it? Prefer not to install any extra software. I am using Windows XP and WMP 11.

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Windows Media Player doesn't support global hot keys like Winamp does; but there’s a great solution at named WMP Keys.

WMP Keys is global hot keys support addon for Windows Media Player. WMP Keys is easy to use and manage. Download and install it. The next time you open up Windows Media Player, open up the Tools menu, choose Options and the Plugins tab. Find the Backgrounds category and enable the Wmpkeys plugin with a check in its check-box.

At this point, you can choose the Properties button to change any of the hotkeys that are assigned to the Media Player functions.

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Thank you for the answer. I will try this. (and accept your answer as soon as it works) – TheMaskOfZero Aug 26 '10 at 7:26
Working as expected. Thank you very much. :) – TheMaskOfZero Aug 26 '10 at 7:32
Great! You are welcome. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Aug 26 '10 at 8:35

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