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Extra Tools
6 - Advanced configuration
by Dotpitch, 2012-03-30 17:00:00

There are various things in XMPlay which you don't need in day-to-day use, but that might be interesting nonetheless.

Next page: MOD Pattern Display visualization

6.01 - MOD Pattern Display visualization
by Dotpitch, 2012-03-30 17:00:00

This is XMPlay's separate visualization for modules files.

MOD Pattern Display example

The Pattern Display shows the pattern similar to how it would appear in a tracker, though the number of effects displayed is limited for clarity. All numbers, except the row numbers, are shown in hex. The following items are shown:

  • Note (universal notation for all formats)
  • Instrument (green)
  • Portamento (red)
  • Tone up and down (red ^ and v)
  • Vibrato (red ~)
  • Volume and volume up and down (blue and blue + and -)

The channels can be selected with numpad buttons 4 and 6. The currently selected channel can be muted with numpad button 5, or by middle-clicking a channel with your mouse. With numpad button 7 all channels can be unmuted, and with numpad button 9 channel muting is inverted. These buttons are configurable on the Shortcuts page of Options and stuff. The column size may be shrunk if a module contains a lot of channels, see the MOD page of Options and stuff.

Note that if you'd like to separate each instrument when writing WAV files, you can tick Separate MOD instruments on the Output page of Options and stuff, there is no need to mute all the channels manually.

Next page: Secret INI settings

6.02 - Secret INI settings
by Jimmy Neutron, 2018-01-21 11:18:00

How things work normally:
When XMPlay starts for the first time, an xmplay.ini file is created that holds the original program settings. Thereafter, most settings that affect the operation and appearance of XMPlay are modified through the built-in menu system. To reach this menu system, right-click on an unused portion of the XMPlay screen and select "Options and Settings". When changes are made, XMPlay keeps track by writing them to the xmplay.ini file.

For the more advanced user:
Certain settings are either too new, too unique, being tested, or for some other reason do not appear in the "Options and Settings" menu system. An advanced user can apply these "secret" settings by manually editing the xmplay.ini file with a text editor such as Notepad. Do not use a wordprocessor as it will probably insert unwanted control codes into xmplay.ini and may cause undesired issues.

Will this always work?
Often a "secret" setting is introduced as a new feature in a test version of XMPlay that is not available in the official distribution package. Such a version has become known as "stuff", because it is stored in and downloaded from the stuff folder of the webserver. You may need to get a newer version to use a certain "secret" setting as a version will ignore settings it doesn't understand. The latest stuff version can be downloaded from the official XMPlay forum.

How to use a "secret" setting:
The "secret" settings are entered as a line in the [XMPlay] section of xmplay.ini file. As the xmplay.ini can have several different sections, you must be careful when editing since the "secret" setting will not work if it isn't in the [XMPlay] section. Perhaps the easiest way to ensure correct placement is to find the [XMPlay] section header (often the first line in the xmplay.ini file) and insert your line immediately below it. This also places your edits at the top of the list, making them easier to find or change later. The format is the setting name, an equals sign, and the desired value of the setting. For example, a line could be "SingleClickTray=1" and is entered without the quotes.

Example Secret Setting in Notepad

Put them all there:
Some of the cutting edge users intentionally put all of the "secret" settings (each with the default value) into the xmplay.ini file even if they don't intend to modify the setting. If they want to experiment later, they can see the setting's correctly-spelled name and change from the default value on that line.

Restart XMPlay to activate:
XMPlay reads the xmplay.ini file when it starts. When you change a "secret" setting by manually editing the xmplay.ini file, XMPlay won't know. Restart XMPlay to re-read the xmplay.ini file and make the setting take effect.

XMPlay "Secret" Settings
Last updated on: 2016 February 9 Through Version:

Setting NameDefaultBrief Description
AutoMini 0 When mini-mode layout is active, AutoMini=1 switches to normal layout when mouse is hovering. The view reverts back to mini layout when mouse is no longer hovering on the normal layout. Forum Link
AutoMiniDelay 500 Used with the AutoMini setting. Adjusts or disables the delay in AutoMini response to mouse-over, and is expressed in milliseconds. A setting too short may cause problems if the normal footprint doesn't visually overlap the mini footprint (view pops from mini to normal and then back immediately because the mouse isn't hovering on the normal view). If the setting is too long, operation of AutoMini may seem sluggish. Forum Link
Boost n/a Boost (merely present, regardless of type/value assigned) increases the priority Windows assigns to the XMPlay GUI. The audio decoding and playback thread is always at real-time priority, so Boost has no affect on audio, but may help minimize visualization choppiness if you have other programs competing for CPU resources. Forum Link
CueMark 0 [ and later] When using CUE files, CueMark=1 will enable a one-pixel markers on the seekbar to denote the track borders to aid position seeking. Forum Link
EndPadding 0 [ and later] Specify amount of padding (in milliseconds) to add at the end of playback to eliminate cutting the music selection short. "EndPadding=50" would add 50ms of padding. Forum Link
FlashTrack 0 [ and later] The currently playing track on the playlist or library can be visually difficult to identify, especially with certain skins and/or colors. FlashTrack=1 enables flashing of the current track to enhance visibility. Forum Link
NetBufferOld 0 [ and later] NetBufferOld sets an amount (in seconds) to buffer the output of a ShoutCast stream (in addition to the incoming buffer set in Miscellaneous options) and use that buffer when "write to disk" is started. "NetBufferOld=10" would establish a 10 second buffer. Forum Link
NoBackup 0 As a safety feature, XMPlay backs up xmplay.library to xmplay.library~ before writing any changes to the library. NoBackup=1 disables this feature. This setting might appeal to people with large libraries and limited disc storage space, such as on a USB drive. Also, this setting limits the numbers of writes, which is also a concern on a USB drive. Forum Link
NoBeeps 0 NoBeeps=1 disables all beeping, such as the Windows critical stop sound. Forum Link
NoCheckDead 0 XMPlay checks whether each of the tracks (local files) exists in the library shortly after it is launched, but that can be disabled with NoCheckDead=1. May decrease startup delays on slower systems with large libraries. Forum Link
NoCheckScan 0 NoCheckScan=1 disables display of the "Title scanning in progress" warning when closing XMPlay. Forum Link
NoConfirmDelete 0 This setting turns off confirmations for every track when doing "Remove + Delete" with multiple files. Forum Link
NoDelete 0 This setting disables the "delete file" option in the right-click menu. Forum Link
NoFlashPause 0 When XMPlay is paused, the pause button flashes as an indicator. Some people find the flashing distracting. NoFlashPause=1 will disable the pause button flashing behavoir, and allows the skin to determine visual indicators. Forum Link
NoFlashTotal 0 XMPlay alternately displays the time between total and selected tracks when multiple items are selected from a list. NoFlashTotal=1 disables this back and forth time display and maintains the display as the total time only. In that case, selected tracks total time can be found by right-clicking one of the selected tracks and choosing Track Info. Forum Link Since [ and later], NoFlashTotal=2 will maintain the display as selected tracks time. Forum Link
NoHistory 0 For user convenience, XMPlay stores 20 entries in each of the URL, folder, and search histories in xmplay.ini. NoHistory=1 disables the history tracking, and minimizes writing to the ini file (which may be significant when using XMPlay from a USB drive). Forum Link
NoLameRG 0 When LAME encodes an MP3, it can embed replaygain information in the file's header. Other softwares may use this area to enter or modify replaygain data. XMPlay reads the header to access various information about the file. NoLameRG=1 makes XMPlay ignore any LAME replay gain information that may be present. Forum Link
NoNetErrors 0 NoNetErrors=1 disables internet error messages such as "ICY 400 Server Full". The playlist entry still gets a red strikethrough as if the track were dead, but XMPlay proceeds to the next entry without having to acknowledge/dismiss the connection error.
NoPageScroll 0 XMPlay scrolls pages with the same look and feel of Windows itself (page up/down when mouse clicking above/below the slider). NoPageScroll=1 disables this default page scrolling behavior and reverts to the old way that XMPlay used to move through a large list or library (click at two-thirds on the list's scrollbar to go to two-thirds through the list). Forum Link
NoPreload 0 [ and later] To achieve gapless playback, XMPlay preloads the next track before the current track finishes playing. Under certain situations, the title/time display might not exactly match the actual transition point. NoPreload=1 will disable preloading of next track, forcing accuracy. Does not apply if crossfading is enabled (which requires loading both tracks). NoPreload inherently subverts gapless playback. Forum Link
NoRandomReset 0 [ and later] NoRandomReset=1 will disable the resetting of the "already played" tracking when the "Random order" setting is toggled. Forum Link
NoReg 0 NoReg=1 prevents XMPlay writing to the Windows registry (disables the filetype association options). Forum Link
NoResumeNext 0 [ and later] If playback is currently paused or stopped, the next/previous selection will start playback. NoResumeNext=1 maintains the paused/stopped state when pressing the next/previous button. Forum Link
NoSaveList 0 [ and later] XMPlay saves the current playlist to xmplay.pls upon exiting. If you prefer to have a static playlist file (with no automatic updates) NoSaveList=1 will disable the saving. Forum Link
NoScanList 0 [ and later] XMPlay scans the file titles in a playlist to reproduce formatted titles for display. If there are a lot of titles (perhaps within archives) NoScanList=1 will disable the pre-scanning when the playlist entry includes the length. Recently added variations:
  • 1 = disable info scanning for playlist entries that include length info
  • 2 = disable info scanning for all playlist entries
  • 3 = disable info scanning for all files (from a playlist or otherwise)
Note this "NoScanList" option does not affect adding files to the library, unless they were added to the playlist first.Forum Link
NoScanMP3 0 For mp3 files, XMPlay scans the entire file and then maintains the file in a read-ahead buffer. NoScanMP3=1 disables the pre-scanning and read-ahead buffer for mp3 files. See ReadAhead setting (below) for related information. Forum Link
NoSpectrumFade 0 [ and later] To more smoothly display the built-in spectrum visualization, a small level of blurring is introduced. NoSpectrumFade=1 will disable this intentional blur. Forum Link
NoStickyMark 0 [ and later] To remove the "Don't auto-remove" triangle markers in the playlist (doesn't affect skins that include a bitmap marker). "NoStickyMark=1" will remove the markers. Forum Link
NoteOffAll 0 [ and later] and [xmplay-midi.dll rev 15 and later] To have ALL instances of a note released by a note-off, add a "NoteOffAll=1" line to your XMPLAY.INI file (under the "[MIDI]" line) to enable. Forum Link
NoUserConfig 0 When started, XMPlay defaults to the xmplay.ini in the user's directory (if it exists) to retain per-user settings. This may present undesired effects if a customized version of XMPlay is used (perhaps as a demo from a USB drive) since the local xmplay.ini may never be activated. NoUserConfig=1 in the local xmplay.ini will ignore the user's directory xmplay.ini (if found). Forum Link
NoWheelVol 0 When the main XMPlay window has focus, the mouse scroll-wheel will control volume even if the mouse is not over the XMPlay window. NoWheelVol=1 disables mouse scroll-wheel volume control unless the mouse is focused on the actual volume control. Forum Link
PauseStop 0 [ and later] PauseStop=1 provides the option of stopping/releasing the output (instead of just pausing it) when the pause button is pressed. Forum Link
PlayDelay 1 [ and later] When dragging/dropping a folder on XMPlay, tracks that are contained in the folder may not sort (or be randomized) as desired before audio begins. PlayDelay creates a delay (expressed in seconds) to allow the this to take place. PlayDelay=0 disables any delay. Forum Link
ReadAhead 0 [ and later] For mp3 files, XMPlay scans the entire file and then maintains the file in a read-ahead buffer (unless NoScanMP3=1 is set). XMPlay does not do this for other types of files, which may cause unwanted disc activity (repeated small reads). ReadAhead=[max file size in MB] will enable the specified read-ahead buffer for non-mp3 files. Forum Link
RecentTracks 5 [ and later] Configure number of entries in the Recent Tracks list. Default is RecentTracks=5. Disable Recent Track list with RecentTracks=0. Forum Link
ReconnectAttempts 1 [ and later] Configure number of reconnect attempts before an Internet stream is marked "dead". Default is ReconnectAttempts=1. Forum Link
SeparateToggle 0 [ and later] When set to SeparateToggle=1, the "Separate subsongs" option will work as a toggle to separate/unseparate subsongs instead of using two menu options. Forum Link
SingleClickTray 0 Used with the "Always in Tray" setting found in the "Options and Settings" menu. When the XMPlay icon is minimized to Window's system tray, a double-click will restore the full display. SingleClickTray=1 will restore XMPlay from the system tray with a single click, and another single click on the system tray icon will minimize XMPlay again. Forum Link
StartInTray 0 [ and later] StartInTray=1 will force XMPlay to start and display only in the system tray. Forum Link
UpdateStuff 0 [ and later] Include UpdateStuff=1 to receive notifications of updated stuff versions, including updated plugins. Forum Link
VolStep 3 [ and later] XMPlay adjusts the mouse scroll-wheel volume based on the default Windows scroll-wheel lines setting. VolStep allows setting the size of the mouse wheel volume adjustment independent of the Windows setting. Also see NoWheelVol (above). Forum Link

Updates for this page should be forwarded to:
Jimmy Neutron via the Secret Settings topic of the XMPlay forum.

Next page: Command line interaction

6.03 - Command line interaction
by Dotpitch, 2012-03-30 17:00:00

Files, folders and URLs

First and foremost, XMPlay can receive files, directories or URLs from the command line, using no additional arguments, so xmplay C:\Windows\Media\ding.wav. If you give XMPlay the path to a folder, it'll put all the files in that folder it can play in the playlist, just like the Open folder dialog. Note that the settings you chose when adding files on the Integration page of Options and stuff apply here as well. Entries containing spaces should be enclosed in quotes, so xmplay "C:\Cool Music\cool.mp3". Multiple entries (separated by spaces) are supported.


  • -play will force the start of playback.
  • -tray will minimize XMPlay to tray directly.
  • -list has to be the first argument, so xmplay -list C:\Windows\Media\ding.wav. The files will now be added to the playlist, irrespective of the Default action you chose on the Integration page of Options and stuff.


Untick Allow multiple instances on the Miscellaneous page of Options and stuff to send the entries to the current instance of XMPlay, instead of starting a new instance each time.

If you want to control the current instance of XMPlay from the command line, like starting or pausing playback, take a look at XMPlay Controller.

Next page: DDE interaction

6.04 - DDE interaction
by Dotpitch, 2012-03-30 17:00:00

Controlling XMPlay

You can have XMPlay execute lots of function by sending a key-command to it via DDE. Using an info-command, you can request information of the file currently being played. See the DDE command list for a full list of available commands, and the DDE code example page for some examples.

Opening and adding files

Files, folders and URLs can be passed to XMPlay via DDE. To do so, set the Application to XMPlay, the Topic to System and send the message [open("filename")] (to open a file) or [list("filename")] (to add a file to the playlist). Note that the message includes the brackets and parenthesis. Multiple files should be sent in multiple messages. XMPlay will treat files coming in quickly after each other as a single batch, so it can auto-sort them.

These DDE commands are used in Explorer for the associated filetypes on Windows XP and older.

Next page: DDE command list

6.04.1 - DDE command list
by Thomas Radeke, 2023-05-17 12:42:00

The contents of the Info Window can be fetched via DDE by sending an info# message to XMPlay, where you replace # with the number from the list below.

infoResult tab

Note that the returned text is in UTF-8 on Windows NT, XP and newer.

Below is a list of DDE control commands. The commands are executed by sending a key# message to XMPlay, where you replace # with the number found in the list.

641Bookmark - Resume
642Bookmark - Resume after queue
640Bookmark - Set
128Change track - Next
129Change track - Previous
130Change track - Random
131Change track - Random from library
16Close and restart
15Close at end of track/list
11Close with position saved
525Crossfade on/off
83Current track - Back
91Current track - Download / Extract
82Current track - Forward
92Current track - Go to time
9Current track - Looping
86Current track - Next subsong
80Current track - Play / Pause
89Current track - Plugin info
85Current track - Prev subsong
113Current track - Rating - 1
114Current track - Rating - 2
115Current track - Rating - 3
116Current track - Rating - 4
117Current track - Rating - 5
118Current track - Rating - down
112Current track - Rating - none
120Current track - Rating - show
119Current track - Rating - up
84Current track - Restart
81Current track - Stop
90Current track - Stop at end
87Current track - Track info
88Current track - Tray title bubble
515DSP - Amplification down
521DSP - Amplification reset
514DSP - Amplification up
522DSP - Auto amplification
519DSP - Balance left
520DSP - Balance right
526DSP - Bypass
516DSP - Equalizer on/off
518DSP - Options
524DSP - Replaygain
517DSP - Reverb on/off
513DSP - Volume down
523DSP - Volume mute
512DSP - Volume up
264Info - Copy to clipboard
261Info - Extended list
265Info - Fullscreen visuals
257Info - General
608Info - Library
258Info - Message
256Info - Open/close window
259Info - Samples
263Info - Scroll down
262Info - Scroll up
266Info - Text size decrease
267Info - Text size increase
260Info - Visuals
368List - Add files/URL
369List - Add folder
381List - Add from clipboard
380List - Auto advance
375List - Clear queue
402List - Looping
313List - Random play order
383List - Remove after playing
386List - Replace from library
378List - Save
377List - Show filenames in ext.list
379List - Show queue in list
400List - Undo
347List nav - Bottom
337List nav - Down
352List nav - Find
355List nav - Find all
353List nav - Find next
354List nav - Find previous
356List nav - Find quick
342List nav - Invert selection
340List nav - Jump to current
339List nav - Page down
338List nav - Page up
341List nav - Select all
343List nav - Select dead
345List nav - Select extend down
349List nav - Select extend page down
348List nav - Select extend page up
344List nav - Select extend up
418List nav - Select same album
417List nav - Select same artist
422List nav - Select same comment
421List nav - Select same genre
424List nav - Select same path
416List nav - Select same title
420List nav - Select same track
423List nav - Select same type
419List nav - Select same year
346List nav - Top
336List nav - Up
334List sort - Filename
322List sort - Filename - Full path
323List sort - Filetype
333List sort - Rating
324List sort - Reverse
325List sort - Selected to top
320List sort - Shuffle
328List sort - Tag - Album
327List sort - Tag - Artist
332List sort - Tag - Comment
331List sort - Tag - Genre
326List sort - Tag - Title
330List sort - Tag - Track
329List sort - Tag - Year
321List sort - Title
384List track - Add to/from library
382List track - Dequeue
389List track - Don't auto-remove
403List track - Explore folder
372List track - Play
385List track - Plugin info
374List track - Queue
121List track - Rating - 1
122List track - Rating - 2
123List track - Rating - 3
124List track - Rating - 4
125List track - Rating - 5
126List track - Rating - down
127List track - Rating - up
370List track - Remove
371List track - Remove & delete file
387List track - Separate subsongs
373List track - Skip
376List track - Track info
388List track - Unseparate subsongs
300MOD - Force VBlank timing
297MOD - Interpolation
296MOD - MOD playback mode
298MOD - Ramping
299MOD - Surround sound
293MOD pattern - Invert all
291MOD pattern - Mute channel
290MOD pattern - Next channel
289MOD pattern - Prev channel
292MOD pattern - Unmute all
6Open files/URL
12Open folder
13Open from clipboard
5Options and stuff
624Output options
97Plugins - DSP & general
96Plugins - Input
593Saved settings - Load current
592Saved settings - Options
17UI - Big
14UI - Info bubbles
1UI - Mini mode
2UI - Minimize / Restore
3UI - Minimize to tray / Restore
7UI - On top
4UI - Reload skin
8UI - Time display mode

Next page: DDE code example

6.04.2 - DDE code example
by Dotpitch, 2012-03-30 17:00:00

XMPlay Controller

XMPlay Controller is a standalone application which uses DDE to send commands to XMPlay. See the included manual for more information.


DDE_run is a command line application which can send DDE messages to any other program. The code to send the Play/Pause command is DDE_run -s XMPlay -t System -c key80, where -s flags the target application name, -t the link topic and -c the command. You can replace key80 with any of the keys from the DDE command list, or with a file opening command.

Visual Basic 6

Create a new VB project, and dump two text boxes and a pair of command buttons on the form. Do whatever you like to them, but you'll want to make Text2 reasonably large with MultiLine enabled. Add the following code to the form (changing the names if you changed them):

Private Sub Command1_Click()
' Use this one to retrieve data, e.g. infox topics

Text2.LinkTopic = "XMPlay|" & Text1.Text ' Init link topic
Text2.LinkMode = 2 ' Open connection
Text2.LinkRequest ' Grab data
Text2.LinkMode = 0 ' Close connecton
'''' EDIT: remove next line if you get a blank line between every line ''''
Text2 = Replace(Text2, vbLf, vbCrLf) ' Reformat string as textbox needs CRLF
End Sub

Private Sub Command2_Click()
' Use this one to execute a function, e.g. keyxxx topics or playlist manipulation

Text2.LinkTopic = "XMPlay|XMPlay" ' Init link topic. The second part (after the '|') doesn't appear to matter but must not be empty.
Text2.LinkMode = 2 ' Open connection
Text2.LinkExecute Text1.Text ' Execute function
Text2.LinkMode = 0 ' Close connection
End Sub

This code example is made by BoggyB (a long time ago).

Next page: Library file format

6.05 - Library file format
by Dotpitch, 2013-12-20 10:22:00

XMPlay saves its library in the xmplay.library file next to xmplay.exe (or in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\XMPlay if you have Store per-user config/etc ticked). You can process this file with external utilities, for example to find duplicate files in your collection.


  • The first byte of the file denotes the library format version number. When a new feature is added to the library which breaks backwards compatibility, this version number is increased to detect those problems.
  • The second and third byte are 00.
  • The fourth byte contains library file information flags. Currently, the 1st bit (MSB) describes the string format used in the rest of the file, either UTF-8 (1) or ANSI (0).

Track entries

Each entry contains a number of different fields.

  • Filename as string (full path)
  • Track title as string (the formatted titles as used in the Extended Playlist)
  • Title, Artist, Album, Year, Track, Genre, Comment and Filetype tags as string
  • Duration in milliseconds as dword
  • Last play timestamp as dword
  • File size in bytes as dword
  • Play count as dword
  • Added timestamp as dword
  • Flags as byte (with 16 marking overridden tags)
  • Rating as byte (since library version 4 / XMPlay 3.5)
  • Subsong count as 2 bytes (since library version 5 / XMPlay 3.8)
  • Separated subsong number as 2 bytes (since library version 5 / XMPlay 3.8)

Each string is terminated with a null character (00). There is no length limit on strings and empty strings are allowed. Timestamps are noted in seconds since January 1st, 1970, 0:00. The track entries are closed with a null filename (00).

Monitored folder entries

Each entry contains three fields.

Next page: Custom filetypes and icons

6.06 - Custom filetypes and icons
by Dotpitch, 2012-03-30 17:00:00

On the Integration page of Options and stuff, XMPlay can be set as the default program to open all supported audio files with. XMPlay will group all selected extensions to a single filetype, the XMPlay-able file. This also means all files with have the same icon and type description, regardless of their format. By making the file association manually, you keep separate icons and descriptions.

Windows XP

Now repeat the following for each extension you'd like to add:

  • Create a new extension, for example ogg.
  • Select the extension and click Advanced.
  • Put the filetype description in the top box, for example Ogg File.
  • Choose the appropriate icon.
  • Create a new action, name it &Open with XMPlay. For the Application field, locate your xmplay.exe. Tick Use DDE, set the Application to XMPlay, the Topic to System and the Message to [open(%1)] (including the brackets and parenthesis).
  • Create another action, named &Add to XMPlay-list. Keep all the settings the same as for the open-action, but use the Message [list(%1)] (again, including brackets and parenthesis).
  • Set either of the two actions as the default.

The association works directly, the icons could take a while to be refreshed (reload your shell to force a refresh).

Windows Vista and 7

The file association dialog was removed from Explorer, but the Default programs page doesn't provide the same flexibility. Download ExtMan to get the file association dialog back. (Note that Extman defaults to German, but you can switch to English by clicking the flag.) With ExtMan, you can follow the steps for Windows XP.

Next page: Visualization settings

6.07 - Visualization settings
by Dotpitch, 2012-03-30 17:00:00

Several visualizations have the ability to be configured. There are two ways to adjust the settings of a visualization: by middle-clicking on the visualization area or by opening vis.ini. Note that not each visualization allows both methods, and some have no configuration at all.


Open the Info Window and go to the Visualizations tab. If no visualization is active, right-click the visualization area and select one. Middle-click (usually with the scroll wheel) the visualization area to interact with the visualization. This can for example change the scrollspeed (Spectrum (3D)), cycle through display modes (SpectrumBars), bring up a whole menu (Honto's Phase) or bring up a context menu (xmp-coverart).

Note that if your laptop trackpad does not have a dedicated middle-mouse button, you'll have to use and external mouse.


Open the file vis.ini located next to xmplay.exe (or in your user folder, if you've ticked Store per-user config/etc). For each visualization, this file contains a header followed by the settings. For example, the section for SpectrumBars looks like this:


The entries can use various formats, like string booleans (true/false), integer and decimals numbers and hexadecimal color codes. Not all settings have clear labels and documentation is scarce, so experimenting with values is the best way to go. Save the vis.ini file and re-select the visualization in XMPlay to activate the new settings.

Next page: XMPlay plugins