CyberSolutions: Display Full Size Album Art In Windows Media Player

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Display Full Size Album Art In Windows Media Player

  • Before starting this process, make sure you are comfortable with editing the Registry; back up the Registry first in case you make a mistake.
  • These instructions are for Windows 7, but once you’re in the Registry of your Windows operating system they should work for earlier versions of WMP too; however, I haven’t tested these instructions on earlier Windows operating systems, so do this at your own risk.

Steps To Edit The Registry:

  • Close Windows Media Player if it is open.
  • In Windows 7, click the Start button and type Run in the search box.
  • Select Run from the Programs list. This opens the Run dialog box.
  • Type regedit in the Open field, then click OK.
  • If asked about allowing access, click Yes. The Registry Editor window opens.
  • In the left pane, expand these nodes: Computer >HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Media Player > Preferences.
  • Click on the Preferences node to display the settings in the right pane.
  • In a blank area on the right pane, right-click and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  • New Value #1 is added at the end of the long list of settings.
  • Change this name to PlayerModeAlbumArtSelected.
  • Double-click to open PlayerModeAlbumArtSelected.
  • Type 0 (zero) as the Value data then click OK.
  • Still in the settings list, find the entry for ShowAlbumArt. Double-click it to open it and set its value to 1. Click OK.
  • You should now have two added/revised settings entries — one for PlayerModeAlbumArtSelected with a value set to 0 and one for ShowAlbumArt with its value set to 1 (see yellow highlighted lines in the screen shot below).
  • Close the Registry Editor window.
  • Re-open Windows Media Player — your album art should now show at full size.

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