Changing Media Player Skins

by Barry Dysert
(last updated September 19, 2016)

Windows Media Player is a fairly sophisticated program with a lot of functionality. One of the functions you can perform is the changing of the skins it uses. There are many free skins available, and the "official" skins can be downloaded by going through Media Player itself.

To change skins, launch Windows Media Player and go to View | Skin Chooser. Media Player displays the skins available on your system. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Windows Media Player skin chooser.

Click the More Skins button and your Internet browser will take you to Microsoft's site that holds many skins. You can browse this site for something you like and download it from within your browser. Skins have a file type of ".wmz" and Media Player looks for them in the "Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins" folder.

After you've gotten your new skin, Media Player will recognize it and display it as an available skin. (It will appear at the left side of the skin chooser area in Media Player.) To use the new skin, click its name and then click the Apply Skin button. From that point forward you can use Media Player with the new skin.

 This tip (12679) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Hiding and Displaying the Volume Control

Whether it's to provide you with a bit more space on the taskbar or to simply remove a bit of "clutter" from the system ...

Discover More

Creating a System Image

A system image is a snapshot of your system disk as of a certain point in time. Should the need arise, you can restore ...

Discover More

Setting the Default Browser

Some people are passionate about the browser they use to access the Web. If you have a favorite browser that you want to ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Deleting a Media Player Playlist

Most people like to keep their Windows Media Player organized. One way to maintain it is to keep track of the various ...

Discover More

Creating an Auto Playlist

Auto Playlists are a nice feature of Windows Media Player. Once set up, as more media gets added to your library the auto ...

Discover More

Using Media Player to Burn an Audio CD

One of the many things you can do with Windows Media Player is to burn audio CDs. This tip shows you how.

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is seven minus 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.