How to Make a Playlist in Media Player Classic

By Lydia Larkin

Media Player Classic, now known as "Media Player Classic Home Cinema," is an application made for Microsoft Windows that plays audio and video files. Within the program, you can group multiple files into "playlists." MPC's playlists are useful for categorizing similar files, allowing for ease of access with a minimum of user interaction.

Selecting Files

Step 1

Click "File," then "Open File" or "Quick Open File." Alternatively, you can use the shortcuts "Ctrl O" and "Ctrl Q," respectively.

Step 2

Browse for the files you want and select them. To select more than one file, hold down the "Ctrl" key as you click each file. (The files must be in one folder to select more than one at a time; to add files from a different folder, see Section 3.)

Step 3

Click "Open," which will take you back to the "Open File" window.

Step 4

Select "OK," which is just above "Cancel." This will take you back to the main player interface. If you don't want the files to play immediately, then click the check box next to "Add to playlist without opening" before pressing "OK" (the "Add to playlist without opening" feature is not available when using " Quick Open File").

Viewing the Playlist

Step 1

Click "View," which is at the top of the player between "File" and "Play."

Step 2

Scroll down to "Playlist."

Step 3

Click "Playlist" and the files that you just opened will appear in a playlist box. The shortcut for this section is "Ctrl 7."

Adding More Files

Step 1

Repeat Section 2. If you have returned to the main interface, but want to add more files, the playlist must be in view. If the playlist is not in view when adding files, you will make a new playlist and not add on to your existing one.

Step 2

Repeat Section 1, using "Open File" and not "Quick Open File."

Step 3

Click the check box next to the "Add to playlist without opening" feature. Not clicking this check box will result in making a new playlist and not adding to your existing playlist.

Saving the Playlist

Step 1

Right click any part of the frame of the playlist box, then click "Save As" (with the ".mpcpl" file extension). Do not right click a file within the playlist box; the options that appear there are only for that file, not the entire playlist.

Step 2

Type in a name for the playlist in the "File Name" box and find the folder of your choice.

Step 3

Click "Save."