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Windows Media Player 12 Search Tool: Quickly Find Songs in Your WMP Library

Locate Songs, Artists, and Albums using WMP 12's powerful search facility


What Can I Find Using the Search Tool in Windows Media Player 12?

The problem with most music libraries is that you can't always find what you're looking for -- especially if you've got a sizeable collection. Rather than manually searching, a much more efficient way to find exactly what you're looking for is to use WMP 12's built-in search facility. This is typically used for finding songs, but you can also use it to search for artists and albums too. You can also type in other search terms as well in order to use it as a powerful tool for exploring your library. For example, you may want to quickly see all the songs in your library that are tagged with a specific genre -- typing in 'electronic' for instance will display all tracks that are identified with that genre.

Using this feature in WMP 12 will not only save you a huge amount of time searching for particular songs, artists, or albums, but will also give you a great tool for instantly exploring and organizing your library.

To see how to use Windows Media Player 12's search tool for finding media in your library, follow the simple tutorial below.

Switching to Library View Mode

The first step is to make sure you are in the library view mode in order to use the search facility. If you aren't already on this screen, perform the following:
  1. The quickest way to see the contents of your WMP library is to use the keyboard. To do this, simply hold down the [CTRL] key and press 1. This should now change the display to library mode.

Searching for Songs, Artists, and Albums in Your Music Library

The next step involves selecting the location where you want Windows Media Player 12 to search when you type in a search term. Follow these steps to see how to do this:
  1. To set the search focus to your music library, click on the Music option (under Library) in the left pane.
  2. Using the Search box near the top of the screen, type in a search term. This could be the name of a song, artist, or album you're looking for. As you type, you'll notice that results will start to be instantly displayed in the main pane.
  3. If Windows Media Player doesn't find any exact matches in the Music section of your library once you have inputted your text, it will perform a wider search. Other areas of your library will be checked for any matches. If found, you will see a list of clickable results -- a number will precede Artist, Album, and Songs denoting how many of each were found. Click on one of these hyperlinks to see the details. If you need to return to the results screen, simply use the back arrow in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
If you want to search for other types of results such as genre, or a particular year (to create playlists etc.), then use the same method above.
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