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Chapter 11. Sights and Sounds: Music and... > Making Multimedia Whoopee with Media... - Pg. 122

Sights and Sounds: Music and Other Multimedia 122 · If you have a CompactFlash drive, insert a CompactFlash card. If Windows XP asks what you want to do with this disk, highlight Play the music files. If you don't want to be pestered with this dialog box each time, activate the Always do the selected action check box. Click OK to proceed. · Use My Computer to find a media file and then double-click the file. Remember that My Docu- ments has a subfolder named My Music, which is the default folder that Windows XP uses when you save music files. · Download media from the Internet. In most cases, Media Player will launch right away and start playing the sound or movie or whatever. (This is called streaming the media.) Sometimes, how- ever, you may have to wait for the entire file to download before Media Player will spring into action. Figure 11.2 shows the Media Player window that shows up. Figure 11.2. This is the window you see when you launch Media Player. As you can see, the Media Player window with its wavy lines and roundish buttons is quite a bit different than what you're probably used to seeing. The first thing I'll point out is that if you don't see the menu bar in your version of Media Player, you can get it out of hiding by clicking the Show menu bar (pointed out in Figure 11.2) or by pressing Ctrl+M. The second thing I'll point out is the taskbar that runs down the left side of the window. The idea here is that when you click an item in the taskbar, the Media Player switches to a different part of the program. You'll use this feature quite a bit, so let's take a second to run through each item so you know what you'll be getting yourself into: