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I am frequently listening to tecnical video presentations (for example, from .NET Rocks TV) on my netbook. I watch a portion of the video, click the pause button using the mouse, Alt + TAB to my open Visual Studio and do somecoding, then Alt + TAB back to Windows Media Player (WMP), mouse click to restart the video (repeat every 1-2 minutes).

The mouse clicks to start/pause the video on Windows Media Player is annoying. Is there a key combination that can be used to start/stop the video when the Windows 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.

share|improve this answer 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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