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The Options Menu
Winamp can be customized even further from this tab, allowing you to micromanage many of the automatic player's features.

 

Here are the options and explanations for them that you are offered:
Read titles on demand or load - When Winamp reads a file in check these boxes to configure when it reads any file or ID3 information to subsequently display. You can set it to read titles on demand (i.e. when the file is actually played) or upon load (i.e. when you load the file into the playlist)
Convert %20 to Space - Sometimes when you download a file from the Web, Web browsers replace spaces in the filename with %20. When this option is checked, Winamp automatically converts any %20 to a space.
Convert Underscore to Space - Many users will name .MP3 files using underscores instead of spaces in the name; for example, artist_title_date.mp3. Checking this box automatically converts those underscores into spaces.
Allow Multiple Instances - If you click on this box, it allows Winamp to have more than one Winamp player functioning at a time. On most systems, Winamp requires use of the DirectSound output plug-in in order to play multiple MP3s at once.
Show Splash Screen - The Winamp splash screen that displays when you first run Winamp can be disabled or enabled by this option.
Playlist Always on Top Linked - This causes the Winamp program to remain on your screen when you switch to another program.
Equalizer Doublesize Linked - Checking this box keeps the equalizer linked in size to the main Winamp faceplate.
Litestep VWM Compatible Mode - When enabled, this box allows Winamp to stay offscreen, which is good for Litestep's virtual window manager.
Always on Litestep Virtual Desktops - This box makes Winamp always appear on virtual desktops in Litestep.
Default extension for unknown file types: - Uses this file type when you attempt to play a file that has no extension recognized by Winamp.
Process Priority Class - Adjusts the Priority Class of Winamp when a track is playing. The priority class is set to Normal by default and should be left their unless you find files are skipping because of other processes on your machine taking precedence. If so then you can move this notch up some for potentially better results.


Display Options
The second of the two options preference screens is the Display Options screen. This display controls how Winamp looks.

 

 

Here are the options and explanations for them that you are offered:
Always show Clutterbar - The Clutterbar is the strip of letters that runs down the left side of the Vis menu can be removed. Some skins don't look right with it enabled.
Display tooltips in Winamp's main window - Toggles display of a small text box explaining the functions of features when the mouse pointer hovers over an interface element.
Scroll song title in the Windows taskbar - Allows the full title of the song to scroll on the button that Winamp places on the taskbar.
Use Winamp-styled (skinned) cursors - When the mouse pointer is over the Winamp window, Winamp defaults to using the mouse pointers it has assigned or people have created with new skins. If you do not like the Winamp mouse pointers, you can disable them by unchecking this box.
Dim titlebars when inactive - The titlebar is dimmed when the Winamp window is not active and this box is checked.
Snap Windows at # Pixels - This function causes Winamp to snap to comfortable positions when moved.
Use bitmap font for main title display - This function causes Winamp to use the bitmap font that is part of the interface skins to display song titles. If you want to make Winamp use a normal Windows font then uncheck this box. The main reason to do this is to have support for songs using international characters in their title information display properly.
Show Numbers in Playlist - This feature allows you to place a track number along side each file loaded within the playlist. This feature only applies to the playlist window.
Playlist Font Size - This sets the font size on the playlist. The default is 10 pixels.
Winamp also allows users to decide where Winamp will be displayed when it is running. The bottom of the Options menu holds a box called Show Winamp In. In this box there are four options: Taskbar Only, System Tray Only, Taskbar and System Tray, and None.
Plug-ins Preferences
One of the Winamp player's most entertaining features is the usage of plug-ins. The Plug-ins preferences section is the very guts of the Winamp player. Plug-ins interact with the file being played by Winamp in several different fashions. Most plug-ins add a visual component to the Winamp player, although some change the sound or even the interface of the player. The main catagories of plug-ins are visualization, audio processing, audio input, audio output, and general plug-ins.

On the main Plug-ins Settings screen you have several configuration choices that control how the entire plug-in subsystem of Winamp works.

 

 

Tip - All plug-ins for Winamp are by default stored in the Plug-ins directory in the main Winamp folder. Since Winamp defaults to the Program Files folder on Windows-based machines, you can usually find this folder at c:\Program Files\Winamp\Plugins.
In version 2.10+ of Winamp it is possible to set different directories for your Visualization and DSP/Effects plug-ins all others will remain stored in the default plug-ins directory.
Visualization Plug-in Directory - Clicking this button brings up a directory selection dialog box where you can change the specific directory Winamp looks for visualization plug-ins. This is nice if you want to have separate directories for various plug-in types.
DSP/Effect Plug-in Directory - A new feature in version 2.10+ of Winamp is the chance to set a separate directory for your DSP/Effect plug-ins from that of the visualization and other plug-ins.
Visualization Plug-in Priority - Use this slidebar if a visualization plug-in seems out of sync with the music playing move it up a notch or two from the default Normal setting.
Auto execute visualization plug-in on play - Checking this box will automatically start whichever the current visualization plug-in when a song is started. It is by default not checked.
Disable built-in visualization when visualization plug-in active - Checking this box will turn off the main player console's visualization when any visualization plug-in is running.
Flush plug-in name cache - Used to flush the plug-in cache Winamp uses. This is a good button to press every now and then. By clicking on it Winamp will remove any plug-in names appearing in the preferences section that are no longer installed. It will also check to see if names and such have been updated due to new versions of plug-ins being downloaded and installed.

Input Device
The Input Plug-ins tell Winamp how to operate when processing sound. The Input plug-in preferences section will show you a list of each plug-in currently installed. Choose each one and hit configure to bring up the corresponding preference dialog to configure how that specific Input Plug-in should work.

 

 

There should be at least six input plug-ins in the Input Plug-Ins box. Make sure you have each of the ones listed here:
  • Nullsoft MIDI Player v0.53 (x86) [IN_MIDI.DLL]
  • Nullsoft Nitrane MPEG Audio Decoder (x86) [IN_MP3.DLL]
  • Nullsoft Waveform File Decoder v1.15 (x86) [IN_WAVE.DLL]
  • Nullsoft CD/Line Input Player v1.01 (x86) [IN_CDDA.DLL]
  • Nullsoft Module Decoder v1.25 (x86) [IN_MOD.DLL]
  • Nullsoft WINAMP/WMA Plugin v0.99 (x86) [IN_WM.DLL]

 
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