Usually, for any video file, Windows Media Player plays video along with audio, unless user press mute, so that only video comes out. In such a way reverse, is it possible to make media player play videos in which audio may come out, not video, and media player may show a blank screen or default animation instead of video? I use Windows 7. Is it possible to play videos without displaying video in Windows Media Player 12

  • Is it obligatory to use Windows Media player or you just want any video player to play only the audio?
    – Mariyan
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 9:47
  • is there any other player?
    – Alfred
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 16:35
  • Yes, check my answer below.
    – Mariyan
    Commented Sep 3, 2012 at 6:07

2 Answers 2


Download VLC player.

Play whatever video you want > right click on the video > select video > video track > disable.

This will play only audio and will not consume resources for video.


A couple of suggestions:

  • Minimize Media Player - audio will play in the background
  • Use Miro Video Converter which can create an audio version (MP3) of your Video file
  • I think even minimized WMP will consume my GPU
    – Alfred
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 16:35

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