Windows Media Player Plus! is a free plug-in for Windows Media Player that provides useful interface and playback enhancements.
This is a real boost to the usability of Windows Media Player starting with the default enabled find as you type option; this will permit you to start typing a search term from anywhere in Media Player sans writing it in the Search box. The search term automatically propagates the search box and then will display the found results.
Windows Media Player Plus! also includes Restore Media at Startup page; this option enables you to configure the Media Player to resume playing the last playlist or track regardless of whether it was playing or paused when you closed out of the app. Meaning, if you needed to close out the app right in the middle of a song, it will play from that exact point when you open Media Player again.
As you will see from the list below, Windows Media Player Plus! will give you an extended set of features and enhancements that will help to improve your Windows Media Player experience.
Windows Media Player Plus! includes the following enhancements:
Tag Editor Plus: an alternative for Windows Media Player's Advanced Tag Editor. Tag Editor Plus works on Windows Media Player 12 too, where the original Advanced Tag Editor has been removed.
Global hotkeys, allowing you to control Windows Media Player from within any running application.
Party Shuffle: a dynamic playlist, that automatically gets filled up with randomly picked songs. Of course, you can still add songs yourself, and reorder/remove songs, just like a normal playlist. Very useful while throwing a party, as a DJ aid, or just for casual listening.
Real 'find as you type' in the media library: you can simply start typing to search, without having to click on the Search field first.
Disc number ('set') support in the media library: shows disc numbers in the Track number column and makes Windows Media Player use the disc numbers for sorting the tracks of an album.
Access the standard Explorer right-click menu of a media file directly from within Windows Media Player.
Restore last active playlist, media item, and playback position at Windows Media Player startup.
Show currently playing media in Windows Media Player's title bar.
Advanced playback options: Stop after current and Close after current, to automatically stop playback or close Windows Media Player when the current media has ended.
Let Windows Media Player play/pause when you press the spacebar.
Disable group headers in the Library Pane.
Enhanced and configurable replacement of the Windows Live Messenger Music plug-in (What I'm Listening To).
Access the properties/settings of any Windows Media Player plug-in from within the main menu (Tools - Plug-in properties), without having to go to Options first.
Bring back the "Find in library" right-click option of older versions of Windows Media Player to Windows Media Player 12.
"Play next" option when right-clicking a media item in Windows Media Player 11's library (Windows Media Player 12 already has this by default).
Quickly re-enable all plug-ins after a Windows Media Player crash.