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Windows Media Player - How to play media without any skin and floating media controls

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Bruce75, Aug 24, 2014.

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  1. Bruce75

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    Hello all, I tried to reply to the thread with a similar title to provide a correct answer. So I am reintroducing the topic and providing an answer that seems to work.

    Problem: I want to use media player with very minimal frame. Many answers are "play full screen". But I know that media can be played in windows media without any skin, very minimal framing and floating media controls over the video that auto hide when you move away.

    Answer:
    1. Press Ctrl-2. This puts you in a skin mode. There should be menu items at the top: File, View, Play, Tools, Help
    2. Choose View->Skin Chooser
    3. You are now in the full media player experience. Do not choose a skin. Click the 3 square & arrow thing at the bottom "Switch to now playing"
    4. Viola! No skin, minimal borders and floating media controls.

    I have no idea why this is not a simple option. I think what I am choosing is the most basic skin, maybe not even intended for use. But this is my favorite player, super simple.
     
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