If you ever want to print a list of the songs in Windows Media Player, you can do so by dragging the contents of your library into a playlist and then opening the playlist in Notepad. You can then use Microsoft Word’s “Find and Replace” feature to convert the document to plaintext, which is a much more readable format than Media Player’s native format.
Part 1 Using a Simple Text Editor
1. Start up Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player is a standard app that comes with every Windows computer.
To find Windows Media Player, type “WMP” into the taskbar search field.
2. Navigate to the “Play” tab. This is located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen, alongside the “Burn” and “Sync” options. The “Play” tab is where you’ll put your playlist together.
3. Click “Music” in the options tree. This is on the left side of the screen.
4. Select a song, then hold down Ctrl and tap A. This will select your entire library.
5. Click and drag your selected songs into the “Play” pane. This will add your library to your new playlist.
6. Select “Save List” from the drop-down menu. This can be found in the upper left corner of your playlist’s window. When you click “Save List,” you’ll be prompted to give your playlist a name.
7. Enter a name for your playlist. When you’re done, press ↵ Enter to save the playlist. It should appear under the “Playlists” section in the options tree.
8. Click the “Playlists” option. This will open your Playlists folder; you should see your new playlist in here.
9. Right-click your playlist and select “Open file location”. This will take you to the folder in which the playlist’s data file is saved.
10. Start the “Notepad” app. Notepad is a simple text editor that can be found in the “Desktop Apps” folder by typing “Notepad” into the taskbar’s search field.
You can also go to the Start menu, select “All Apps,” and then select “Windows Accessories.” Notepad can be found in the Windows Accessories folder.
11. Drag your playlist file from its folder with your mouse. You must drag the file into Notepad’s editing interface.
The simplest way to do this is to snap Notepad to one side of the screen and the playlist folder to the other.
12. Insert the file into Notepad. A long column of text should appear. Notepad saves your songs in directory format, so your music tags will look like “destination folderMusic[Artist Name][Album][Song Name]”.
13. Save your work. You can do this by going to the top left corner of Notepad, clicking “File,” then “Save As,” naming your file, and then clicking “OK.” You have successfully saved a song list!
Part 2 Cleaning Up Your List with Find and Replace
1. Copy the contents of your Notepad document. The easiest way to do this is by holding down Ctrl and tapping A to select everything in Notepad, then holding down Ctrl and tapping C.
2. Launch Microsoft Word and create a new document. If you do not have Microsoft Word installed on your computer, you can use Google Docs’ free Word version.
To open a new document, depending on your Word version, you may need to click “Blank Document.”
3. Paste your Notepad contents into Word. Do this by holding down Ctrl, then tapping V.
4. Learn how to use MS Word’s “Find and Replace” feature. Holding down Ctrl and tapping H activates this feature; you can then enter the text to be found in the “Find what” field and the replacement text in the “Replace with” field. This feature allows you to remove HTML tags from your song list, making it much easier to read.
5. Copies the media tags as well as the destination folder information. To do so, highlight the “media src=”..” tag at the start of a directory line and copy it with Ctrl + C. Make sure to highlight the line all the way up to and including the “” before the name of an artist.
6. Launch the “Find and Replace” function. To ensure that the Find and Replace feature formats your entire document, place your mouse cursor at the beginning of your document.
7. Paste the media tag into the “Find” field. You can just add a space (Space) to the “Replace” field.
8. Select “Replace All.” If Word asks you if you want to search from the beginning of the document, select “Yes.”
If your music is in different directories, you’ll need to repeat this process several times.
9. Remove the file tags from the files. You’ll notice file tags like.mp3,.mp4,.wav, and so on at the end of your directory lines. Delete them by copying and pasting the “.[file type]”/>” text from the end of a directory line into the “Find” field of Find and Replace and placing a space in the “Replace” field.
If your files aren’t all in the same format, you’ll need to repeat this process several times.
You should also consider replacing the “” separators with a double space to separate your artist names, albums, and song titles into separate columns.
10. Remove the HTML text at the start and end of your list. Before the first artist’s name appears at the beginning of the article, there is a set of HTML tags; similarly, there is a set of HTML tags at the end. To get rid of them, select them and press the Delete button. These are the final sections of non-plaintext writing.
11. Review your list. Now you can print your library list in a readable format!
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