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Your Way to Power Playing
No Winamp power user is truly
powerful without mastering the Preference menu. This menu
allows the user to control almost every aspect of the Winamp
player and all the files associated with it.
To open the
Preferences menu (right-clicking on the faceplate to pull
up the main menu) and select Options, Preferences.
up a menu with five tabs running across the top: Setup,
Audio I/O, Options, Visualization,
and Misc. Plug-ins.
The Setup Screen
The Setup section on the
Prefences menu allows you to deal with settings that control
what language is displayed, the connection type you're using,
and where icons that launch the program can be installed.
The File Types subsection lets you set what icons are associated
with the Winamp program and the files it plays.
Language Pack button to bring up an open file dialog
where you can locate *.lng files that Winamp uses to add
support for other languages. Various Language packs may
be downloaded from Winamp's
language pack are three buttons that when clicked will add
a startup icon to either the Menu Group, Desktop
Icon, or the Windows 98/Internet Explorer 4 QuickLaunch
Settings box lets you tell Winamp what kind of Internet
connection you have, LAN, Dial-up/Modem or No Internet Connection.
access choices is a box where you can type in HTTP Proxy
Server information. If you are running a proxy server
(many corporations do) then you may need to insert special
information in this box for it to work. Otherwise leave
it blank. If you know you have a proxy but don't know the
information to place here talk to your company's IT/Webmaster/Sysadmin
staff to find out.
option enables Winamp to check whether a new version of
Winamp has been released . If so, Winamp will notify you
and give you the option to download the latest version.
Setting File Types
Clicking on the
File Types section of the Preferences tree will
bring up the File Type Preferences options.
menu on the left side of this options screen displays
all of the file types that Winamp is capable
of playing. Winamp plays all the file types you select
in this box by default whenever you run a file associated
with one of these file types. The file types mp3 and
mp2 should be selected. At the bottom of the menu
box is a checkbox, Associate with Audio CDs
can be selected to make Winamp the player that pops
up when an Audio CD is placed in your CD-ROM drive.
icon appearance and locations is done by selecting
an icon for your playlists and and files associated
with Winamp. Use the slider bars on the left of the
displayed sample icon to choose the one you wish.
the icon appearance selection is a series of
checkboxes that control how Windows reacts to files
that Winamp plays back when you click on them:
Types on Winamp Start prompts Winamp to take back file
types that become unassociated with Winamp as the result
of another program you install.
as default action when checked, simply adds the file
to the existing playlist instead of clearing it out and
just playing that file.
context menus adds Play and Enqueue as options when
you right click on a file in the Windows Explorer