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Windows 8 Bible by Rob Tidrow, Jim Boyce

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Now Playing, Visualizations, and Enhancements

When music is playing, Media Player by default shows the album art, if available, in the Now Playing window. However, you can instead watch a visualization of the music. The visualization is a pattern of colors and shapes that change in rhythm to the music. Media Player offers many visualizations from which to choose.

To try a different visualization, first make sure that you’re viewing the Now Playing window (press Alt and choose View image Now Playing). Then right-click in the Now Playing window, choose Visualizations, and then choose an option from the resulting cascading menu (see Figure 24.7).

FIGURE 24.7 Choosing a visualization

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Regardless of which method you use, you’ll see a menu of visualization names. Clicking a name displays a submenu of still more visualizations. Just pick any one to see how it looks. Go ahead and try a bunch while a song is playing to find one you like.

Tip
You can download plenty of visualizations for free. Right-click in the Now Playing window and choose Visualizations image Download Visualizations.

Using the playlist in Now Playing view

When you’re playing a music CD in Now Playing view, the playlist pane ...

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