How to see time remaining of a song in Windows Media Player

Spotted this handy tip on one of our internal discussion aliases.

Windows Media Player used to show you the running time of the file you where watching or listening to by default and how far along you where.  However now by default it just shows you how far you have got, such as 03:55 (see below).

How much of a song have you listened to.

To see how how far along the track and its total running time simply click on the area highlighted and it will show something like 01:33 / 02:22  which means that the song has played 1 minute and 33 seconds and its total length is 2 minutes 22 seconds.

display time played and total running time

Click it again and you will see time remaining of the song.

time remaining for a song

Click again and you will cycle back to the start.


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Comments (6)

  1. Jerry says:

    So easy, yet so counter-intuitive! Thanks for sharing this trick 🙂

  2. Jae says:

    Excellent!Thanks for sharing.

  3. Steve says:

    Thanks!  It was driving me nuts!

  4. Pedro says:

    Is there a group policy setting / registry key or similar that can make this the default?

    I appreciate it's 5 years later but, well, it's 5 years later and it's still not intuitive.

  5. Jonny says:

    Hi Pedro,

    Did you ever find an answer? I too would like the default to show time remaining rather than time elapsed. I've been looking in the registry but cannot find anything that could set this.

  6. Jonny1985 says:

    @Pedro: Did you have any luck finding an answer to your question? I too have looked in the registry but can't find a way of setting this value by default.

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