by Barry Dysert
(last updated September 26, 2016)
If you use Windows Media Player much, you no doubt have several playlists. There may come a time when you'd like to trim things down by deleting a playlist. Like most things in Windows, this is a fairly simple process.
Launch Windows Media Player and, at the left side of the window, you'll see a list of your playlists (among other things). You may need to expand the Playlist option in order to see all of your playlists. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. Windows Media Player main screen.
Notice on the left side that I have five playlists: Current Music, All, Misc, Dep, and A Thousand Little Things. Say that I want to delete the "Misc" playlist. I just have to right-click on "Misc" (on the actual playlist name) and choose Delete from the resulting Context menu. When I do, Media Player prompts me about whether I want to just delete the playlist from my library, or if I should also delete what's in the playlist from my computer. (See Figure 2.)
Figure 2. Specifying what to delete.
I want to retain what's in the playlist on my computer, so I select "Delete from library only" and click OK. The dialog box disappears and the deleted playlist no longer appears in the Media Player list of playlists.
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