How to Import a Video into Microsoft Media Player

by Michael J. Scott
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If you use a Windows-based PC, odds are high that you use Windows Media Player to listen to music. In addition to music, Microsoft's ubiquitous media player will also play video files, allowing video to be added to your library just like an MP3 file. By adding the video file to your Media Player library, you can have ready access to it without having to search through your hard drive for the file.

Step 1

Open Windows Media Player by clicking on the Start menu and then clicking on the Windows Media Player icon.

Step 2

Click on the "Library" tab in Media Player. If you already have music or video in your library, you will see those files displayed here.

Step 3

With Media Player still open, click on the video file you would like to import to highlight it.

Step 4

Drag the video file over to the Library window in Media Player, and release the button. This will import the video into your Media Player library.

Click on the "Library" tab at the top of Media Player, and select "Video." Once your video library opens, verify that the video file has been added.


  • Windows Media Player will not play certain formats without third-party plug-ins. Make sure the video file you are trying to import is compatible with Media Player. Ideally the file should be in either AVI or WMV format.


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About the Author

Michael Scott is a freelance writer and professor of justice studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a former prosecutor. Scott has a J.D. from Emory University and is a member of the Utah State Bar. He has been freelancing since June 2009, and his articles have been published on and

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