How to Enable Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling in Windows Media Player 12

One thing I noticed while using the new Windows Media Player 12 (which comes pre-installed with Windows 7) was that the options to enable crossfading and auto volume leveling appeared to be missing.

After doing a little searching, I found that the options were still available but they were now hidden in an unusual location.

Enabling Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling

To gain access to the audio enhancements that were available in previous versions of Windows Media Player, you need to change Windows Media Player 12 to Now Playing mode or Skin View.  The easiest way to do this is to click the Switch to Now Playing button shown below.

While in Now Playing mode, press the Alt key on your keyboard to display the menu, then select View –> Enhancements.  You will now have access to crossfading and auto volume leveling, as well as play speed, quiet mode, SRS WOW effects, Dolby Digital settings, and video settings.

Update 12/29/10: If you can’t find the Enhancements menu mentioned in the previous paragraph, try right-clicking the Now Playing window and look for the Enhancements menu there.

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  • Jon

    Thank you Evan…………. so much.. why oh why did they put it there?………… beyond me..

    Thank you ever so much!

    Jon H. Contreras

    • Maicomatta

      My media player doesnt have an ENHANCEMENTS menu. What should I do?

      • If you’re using Windows 7, try right clicking the Now Playing screen and look for Enhancements there. I will update the article.

  • brokensword008

    Thank you very much. I tried installing WMP 10 just to have the crossfading and auto-volume level but it only works for xp, not with win7. Glad found this article.

  • Kelvin Williams Asuma

    Thank you very much Boss. Microsoft must change it right away cos it can’t just be figured out easily. If u design something for people and they can’t easy see it and make use of it, then its useless! I have been trying it for long till your tips helped me. Thanks once again!

  • Digitalbysarah

    Thank you!   I was going nuts thinking I was missing something obvious.

  • justin

    thanks wasted days before looking for this – why microsoft see fit to hide this from view is beyond me

  • micmas

    thanks man..was really assisted!

  • shantanu

    Thank you! you made my day 😀

  • cheers for that! was starting to get frustrated 🙂

  • darryl markowski

    Ditto Evan. You are the best. I consider myself pretty computer savvy and I just could not find that. It took both of your tips to get me there. Thanks!

  • Nicky Voz

    Thank you so soo sooo much!!!!!! I was searching again and again for the crossfading option and I couldn’t find it. I was looking for other players to download that have that option, but thanks to you I can stop looking now. 🙂 🙂