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post Aug 12 2008, 07:55 PM
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Ok so you use WMP and want your now playing info to display on any program with the press of a button? Here is how I did it. (Windows XP and WMP11, Should work on wmp9 and up)

Keyboard with some extra buttons (media, volume, favorites, email, www, etc etc).
WMP 9 or higher.
Some time.

Close WMP.

Download a plugin for WMP called np_plugin.

Extract it to your "C:\program files\windows media player\" folder (or where ever you have WMP installed).

register the dll with regsvr32, to do this goto start>run and type in
regsvr32 "C:\program files\windows media player\np_plugin.dll"

(This plugin makes a text file in the same directory with the song info inside of the text file.)

Open WMP and goto Tools>plugins>options
in the plugins panel goto Background and select the "Now Playing Plugin" and click properties, change w/e options you want EXCEPT the 2'nd box that says "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\np_info.txt" This Needs to stay the same for now.

Ok now that the plugin is installed onto the next step.


Open the folder "C:\program files\windows media player\" and make a new text file and copyand paste this VBScript into it (everything between the ======== lines)

Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
fspec="C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Np_info.txt"
set fso=createobject("scripting.filesystemobject")
set ots=fso.opentextfile(fspec)
WshShell.SendKeys ots.readline
WshShell.SendKeys "~"

save and close the new text file, and rename it to np.vbs
(If you cannot change the extention from txt to vbs, google how to view/change known file extentions)

Ok now you have a script that when ran will read the first line of np_info.txt and press enter., next step.


Download and install tweakUI for windows XP.

Once installed, Open it and goto Explorer > Command keys and choose a button on your keyboard you never use (I chose the EMAIL button).

click the change button, and select the 3rd box that says "Run a custom program when this key is pressed" and put in
"C:\program files\windows media player\np.vbs"
press OK then APPLY then OK again to close tweakUI.

now for the last step


Open up regedit Start>run, type in regedit

When regedit is open, press control+F or goto edit>find, make sure all 3 check boxes are checked, and do a search for "C:\program files\windows media player\np.vbs" (this might take a min depending on the speed of your computer), when it finds the key it should say

Shellexecute "C:\program files\windows media player\np.vbs"

Double click shellexecute and remove the quotes from "C:\program files\windows media player\np.vbs"

then press ok.

Your done! Now you should beable to press w/e command button (EMAIL for me) and the currently playing song's info will be displayed and entered into the active text field!!


Heres mine!

;WMP Is playing: Kiss - 05 Love gun

Hope this helps someone, and the explanation isn't too screw'd up.
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