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I am frequently listening to tecnical video presentations (e.g. from DotNetRocks TV) on my netbook. I watch a portion of the video, click pause button using mouse, alt-tab to my open visual studio and do somecoding, then alt-tab back to media player, mouse click to restart the video (repeat every 1-2 minutes).

The mouse clicks to start/pause vdeo on media player is annoying. Is there a key combination hat can be used to start/stop the video when media player window has focus.

I am on windows 7 if it matters.

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Ctrl-P, but I assume it'll only work when focused. Can't test it out, I'm on Ubuntu.

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It works but indeed only when WMP has the focus. –  Snark Nov 4 '09 at 23:03

Install WMPKeys and you'll be able to define global hotkeys for the many controls of Windows Media Player. I just tested it and it works with WMP12 included in Windows 7.

WMP doesn't even have to have the focus, the hotkeys will work globally anywhere in Windows.

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It should also be possible to define hotkeys in AutoHotkey to control Windows Media Player.

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autohotkey.com/forum/topic11117.html is probably what you're looking for. –  zacharyliu Nov 4 '09 at 23:07

The Windows Media Player Plus! plugin should also be able to help:

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