Shortcuts for Faster and Easier Use of Windows Media Player in Windows 7

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I know that many of you prefer other video players (I use KMPlayer) but Windows Media Player comes already installed with Windows and it is widely used. If you do use Windows Media Player in Windows 7, there is a large list of keyboard shortcuts at this Microsoft blog.

Here is one useful shortcut that is not given there. Sometimes, you may want to advance or retrace a video one frame at a time and here is how to do it.

  1. Pause the video.
  2. To single-step forward, hold down the Ctrl key and click the Play button.
  3. To single-step backward, hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys and click the Play button.

The exact behavior of stepping backward is dependent upon the codec. In some cases, the step backward takes you to the previous keyframe.

This particular shortcut also works in some other players. Give it a try and let us know if it works in your favorite player.

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