I was searching for what that sound and media tool (The panel which name I could not find) is governed by, so that I can set, what apps have access to it. Specifically, I would like to know, how to do two things:

1) Give access to Windows Media Player (chrome, spotify or VLC work fine)

2) Set it so, that when I hit the "play/pause" button on my keyboard, it will either stop everything or start playing the active media. Now it sometimes stops one media and starts another, when Windows Media Player is open

I suppose the solution of 2) will be closely related to 1)

I run on Win 10 on HP Gaming Pavilion - 15-cx0017nc

Thank you for any references and help.

  • Media buttons on keyboards aren't controlled by a utility usually, unless the manufacturer has produced their own utility for handling this. Extra features may vary based on the media player and its support for additional hot keys. Nov 10, 2019 at 2:51
  • That media control panel is part of Windows. I expect it to be handled by explorer.exe when you are logged in and by something special when you are in the lock screen. On Windows 10(?) (or, at least, Windows 8), that will always appear when you use media buttons to change the volume. I make it appear by using my keyboard’s volume buttons. On Windows 11, this appears in Quick Settings which you can load with Windows+A. The prioritization of apps is something I don’t know about, normally the first program to start playing media when nothing else is playing media seems to grab that.
    – binki
    Jun 18 at 17:41


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