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Windows Media Player history

Every song you listen to, movie you watch, etc. are kept in the Windows Media Player list. And when you open Windows Media Player, you can see a full list of your Windows Media Player history.

Why you should clean Windows Media Player History

To make it easier for you to find frequently played content, Windows Media Player keeps the list of files and urls you have recently accessed. It may seriously compromise your privacy as anyone can see what movies you have watched, what songs you have listened to, what movies you have watched etc. To protect your privacy, you should clean Windows Media Player history (clean recently played files and urls list).
There are two ways to clean Windows Media Player history - manually or using special software.

How to clean Windows Media Player history

Your computer stores tracks of everything you listened or watched using Windows Media Player. If you don't want others who use your computer see your Windows Media Player history, you should clean Windows Media Player and prevent Windows Media Player from storing history of what you played and watched in future.

Protect your privacy by cleaning information about what files, CDs, DVDs you have played using Windows Media Player.
To clean information about what you have played in Windows Media Player, you should:
- clean lists of files and URLs you have played
- clean media information about files in your library
- clean media information about CDs or DVDs that you have played
- clean information about your devices


How to clean lists of files and URLs you have played

Lists of files and URLs that you have played are displayed in the following locations in the Player:
- in File menu (list of recently played files)
- in Open URL dialog box
- in Open dialog box

To protect your privacy you can clean existing lists of files and URLs you have played and disable storing these lists in the future.

How to clean the list of recently played files in File menu
1. Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab and select More Options.
2. Open the Privacy tab.
3. To clean the existing lists, click Clear History button.

Tips: To prevent lists of recently played files or URLs from being stored in the future, remove the check mark from 'Save file and URL history in the Player' check box.

How to clean the list of files that is displayed in the Open dialog box
To clear the list of files that are displayed in the Open dialog box, you should empty the list of recently used documents folder on your computer.
Learn how to clean recent documents list

How to clean media information about files in your library

Media information about music files in your library, including files that were created when ripped from CDs, is displayed in the Player.

How to delete items from Windows Media Player library
To delete file from the Library:
1. Click the Library tab.
2. Right-click the item(s) that you want to delete, and then click Delete.
Tips: To select multiple adjacent items, press and hold the SHIFT key while selecting. To select nonadjacent items, press and hold the CTRL key while selecting.
3. Select one of the following options:
- Delete from library only - this option deletes the link from your library but it does not delete the linked file from your computer.
- Delete from library and my computer - this option deletes both the link from your library and the file from your computer.

How to prevent new media information from being retrieved and displayed
1. Click the arrow below the Library tab, and then click More Options.
2. In the Automatic media information updates for files area, clear Retrieve additional information from the Internet check box.
Clean History Note: This also clears the Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet check box, located on the Privacy tab.
To ensure that no media information for CDs is ever retrieved, you can also clear Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet check box.
Clean History Tips: To prevent media information about CDs or DVDs from being stored, clear the Display media information from the Internet check box.

How to clean media information about CDs or DVDs that you have played

Information about CDs or DVDs you have played is displayed in several locations in the Player. You can remove the existing media information and you can prevent information about CDs and DVDs you played from being stored in future.
To clean media information about CDs or DVDs that you have played:
1. Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab and select More Options.
2. Open the Privacy tab.
3. To clean information about CDs or DVDs you have played, click Clear Caches button.

Clean History Note: This also removes stored information about devices that the Player syncs to, folders that the Player is monitoring, files you through the Player and files deleted from your library.

Clean History Tips:
- To prevent storing information about CDs or DVDs, remove the check mark for Display media information from the Internet option.
- To ensure that no media information for CDs is ever retrieved, you should also remove the check mark for Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet option.

How to clean information about your devices

Player stores information about devices it syncs to in cache. It is not possible to prevent the information from being stored, but you can easily clean this information.
To clean information about your devices:
1. Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab and select More Options.
2. Click the Privacy tab.
3. Click Clear Caches button.

Clean History Note: This also removes stored information about devices that the Player syncs to, folders that the Player is monitoring, files you searched through the Player and files you deleted from your library.

Windows Media Player FAQ

What is Windows Media Player playlist?
Windows Media Player is a playlists which contain any combination of songs, videos, or pictures.

Why are playlists useful?
Windows Media Player playlists allows you easily group items that you like to listen to or watch. Playlists are also useful to group items that you want to burn to a CD or sync to a portable device.

What items can be added to Windows Media Player playlist?
Any file (audio, video, picture) that Windows Media Player recognizes can be added to Windows Media Player playlist.
Delete Temporary Internet FilesNote: CDs and DVDs cannot be added to Windows Media Player playlist as they are not files.

Is playlist copied while burning a CD?
If you burn CD , the only items in the playlist are burned to the CD, but the playlist file is not.




Thursday, November 27, 2014
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