How to Play Videos and TV Shows in Windows 8

Many digital cameras can capture short videos as well as photos, so don’t be surprised if the Windows 8 Media Player places several videos in its library’s Video section.

Playing videos works much like playing a digital song. Click Videos in the Navigation Pane along Windows Media Player’s left side. Double-click the video you want to see, and start enjoying the action.

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Windows Media Player lets you watch videos in several sizes. Make it fill the screen by holding down Alt and press Enter, for example. (Repeat those keystrokes to return to the original size.)

  • To make the video adjust itself automatically to the size of your Windows Media Player window, right-click the video as it plays, choose Video from the pop-up menu, and select Fit Video to Player on Resize.

  • You can also toggle full-screen mode by clicking the Full Screen toggle in the video’s bottom-right corner.

  • When choosing video to watch on the Internet, your connection speed determines its quality. Broadband connections can usually handle high-definition videos; slower connections and slower computers often have problems. You can’t damage your computer by choosing the wrong quality video; the video will just skip and pause while playing.

  • Windows Media Player’s Recorded TV area lists TV shows recorded by Media Center, an add-on available only with the Windows 8 Pro version. If you have the add-on pack, you can watch those recorded shows in either Windows Media Center or Windows Media Player.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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