8 Quick Tips in Using the Music App

The first two tutorials that we went through which talked about the Music app has covered enough to help you use the app effectively however, there are still some other stuff that you need to learn about if you really want to use the app to its fullest potential. Most of these tweaks are done quickly and easily but are very important in letting you manage your music contents in the most efficient way.

1. Turning On the Shuffle Mode

The Music app allows you to play songs according to the order that they are listed but if you don’t like this, you can turn on the “Shuffle” feature and let the Music app decide which song plays next. To turn on this feature, all you need to do is click on the “Shuffle” button located at the right of the music source name on the center of the screen.


You can also see the “Shuffle” switch at the bottom right portion of the screen along with the “Play”, “Previous” and “Next” buttons. You can use either of these buttons if you want to shuffle your music content and play them in any order.


2. Turn Repeat On or Off

There are times that you might want to repeat a song again and again but clicking on it whenever it’s finished would be a hassle so the Music app has a “Repeat” button so you can comfortably let a song play over and over without having to stay on the Music app screen and click on it every time it is done. To enable the “Repeat feature” simply click on its designated button at the bottom-right corner of the screen and  just beside “Shuffle” and the song which is currently playing will automatically keep on playing again once it is finished without proceeding to the next songs on the list. This is a good tool to use if you are practicing a song or just trying to memorize its lyrics.


3. Adjusting the Volume Level

Volume is one of the very important control in every device and when you are listening to some music, you will need to learn how to adjust it to the level that will fit the environment where you are currently in. Since the Music app opens in full screen just like any other modern-style app in Windows 8.1, adjusting speaker volume from the taskbar would be a big hassle and that’s the reason why a volume button is included on the bar at the bottom which is beside (to the left) of the “Shuffle” switch. To adjust  the volume, simply click on its designated button and drag the adjustment knob up or down to your desired volume level.


4. Pin a Song to the Start Screen

Your favorite songs need to have a quick access button located in a place that is very easy to open and there’s no other location that fits this description than the “Start Screen”. To pin a song to Windows 8.1’s Start Screen, simply select it from the content pane of the Music app by right-clicking on it and the app bar will automatically appear at the bottom. From the app bar, simply click or tap on the option that says “Pin to start” and the song will automatically be pinned to your machine’s Start Screen.



If you are planning to pin a song to the Start Screen, you can only do it one after the other but if you are planning to pin multiple songs all at once, you will need to create a playlist first and afterwards, you can pin the playlist to the Start Screen so all of them would only have one shortcut and when you click on it, all of the songs that are in the playlist will play in order.

5. Move up or Down and Removing a Song from a Playlist

If you have already created a playlist, you will be able to open it by looking for its name from the bottom of the navigation pane located at the left portion of the screen. Once the playlist opens, you can select a song and choose to move it up or down the list and as well as have it removed if you feel like it doesn’t really fit in the list that you created. To do this, simply right click on your song of choice and on the app bar that appears at the bottom, just look for the “Move up” or “Move down” buttons.


To remove a song from the playlist, all you need to do is click on the “Remove from playlist” button located at the left of the “Move up” button as you can see on the screenshot above.

6. Move to Top or Bottom

You can also move a song directly to the top or the bottom of a playlist by doing the same steps that you performed earlier when you moved it one step up or down. Just select the song by right-clicking on it and click or tap on the “Move to top” or “Move to bottom” button from the app bar that appears at the bottom of the screen.


7. Permanently Deleting a Song

For songs that have long been out of season, you can completely delete them from your computer’s hard drive by first clicking on “Collection” from the navigation pane at the left and once it opens, simply choose the “Songs” grouping at the top center portion. After doing so, just look for the song that you want to delete from the list found on the contents pane and once you find the song, just right-click on it to select it and click on the “Delete” option from the app bar that appears at the bottom.


8. Viewing a Song’s Properties

To find out more details about a particular song that is saved in your computer’s hard drive, you can simply click on “Collection” from the navigation pane at the left-hand side of the screen and once the songs in your hard drive appears on the content pane, simply select the “Songs” grouping from the top and you’ll see a more detailed list of songs in your computer. To view the properties screen for a certain song, simply right-click on it then hit hit the “Properties” option located on the app bar at the bottom of the screen. After doing so, a white screen containing the details about the song will appear on the screen as you can see on the screenshot below.


Organize, Access and Play Your Music Efficiently

The Music app built-in on every Windows 8.1 machine really is a big help especially when you are trying to organize a big library of music contents in your computer. It also works perfectly on either touch and as well as keyboard and mouse setting so if you’re the type of Windows user who really loves music then you need to be able to try the Music app in handling the basic tasks that you want to do with all your music content!