How To Enable Graphic Equalizer in Windows Media Player 12

by on January 19, 2009
in Tips and Tricks, Windows

windows-media-player-12-iconWe all know that the next version of Windows Media Player, which is WMP12, comes with the upcoming OS from Microsoft, Windows 7. I happened to install the first beta, and when I tried to set the equalizer in WMP12, I couldn’t find it anywhere.

I searched every menu and preferences, but it wasn’t there in any of them. Just when I thought its not there in the beta version, I finally saw the Graphic Equalizer button, in a tricky way!

How To Enable Equalizer in Windows Media Player 12

It is a bit tricky, but it is possible to get the equalizer in Windows Media Player 12. If you are also one of those looking for the equalizer in WMP 12, follow the steps below to get one.

1. Open Windows Media Player 12 in Library View (Default View).

2. Press Alt to get the menu, and navigate to View > Skin Chooser.


3. Select ‘Revert’ skin from the skins list (left side) and press the “Apply Button” button.


4. You can now see the “Graphic Equalizer” button at the bottom right of the skinned WMP12.


5. Set the default equalizer options to whatever you like.


Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any way to enable the SRS-WOW effects. May be they haven’t included them in the beta version.

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  • Chris, S.(Shizzle)

    hey, i know how to get SRS WOW effect in windows media player 12.
    the same trick as above but then you click on the download button for skins and download: tubeframe skin from microsoft site.
    then if you open it you need to click on some buttons and you will see equalizer then click on right or left until you see SRS.

    greets, chrisie

  • Just go to the now playing view of WMP, and click show list, and there will be 2 more buttons showing. Click on the right one, and it’ll open the enhancements which has everything including equalizer and SRS WOW effects.

  • umraz

    thx a lot..! you rock.. \m/

  • kan210

    thank you very much for the tip. i’ve been looking for this since from the day i’ve switch to windows se7en. have a nice day

  • vansyah

    In Now Playing view, just right click and go to enhancements to show the graphic equilizer in separate view. I wish microsoft will add an icon to quick access to equilizer in final released of windows 7.

  • jay

    wow, this is great. I’ve been looking for this equalizer 2 months, thanks for your help haris. great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jay

    HELP!!!!!!!! how can i download the color wavebars that goes up and down. please help jay

  • heruwidiyanto

    thx, been quite difficult to find the EQ. i’d prefer wmp 10.

  • Kevn

    first go to the “now playing view”
    view >> now playing

    then on the above right of the screen –> Select List pane options
    >> enhancements

  • could any pls show me d picture of how he sets hi equalizer, srs wow and the rest. thank you

  • JollyRoger

    Thanks for explanation! It's really helpful.

  • jjdubs

    Could they have made that any more difficult to find? Perhaps a “Tools>Audio” or something like that? This is the second time I've had to go on the Internet to figure out the equalizer.

  • Jay

    Hi, another way is to switch the player to the 'now playing mode', then right click where the Album info loads, go to enhancements.

    This also works to find the SRS-WOW effects – Happy Playing!!

  • Jake

    It's crap anyway. You can't turn off that ridiculously unhelpful 'follow' that all the faders do. Why on earth would anybody want that on a 6 band EQ? You use the EQ to counter the coloured response of your speakers and room, having such a narrow Q to play with does not help. Boo Microsoft.

  • kolayali

    Simply go View>Enhancements>Graphic equalizer from the File menu, or by pressing ALT key.

  • Thanks

    Just got Windows 7. Permanently in a state of shock as how difficult seamingly simple and obvious tasks are, yet they tell us it's simpler to use!

  • stevieo63

    Windows had done it again. Could they make that process any more difficult????

  • Aks

    Cool Tip Man….and yes…windows

  • oracle

    seriously who the f**** gets paid for coming up with such crap ideas at microsoft? anyway thanks for the explanation dude, i couldnt find it myself either

  • Laconchadetuabuelabill gates

    wmp 12 suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks

  • Viinay Godara

    sssssssssssssuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk yourself
    Go to now playing Mode right click and view >Graphic Equilizer

    all u r Idiots

  • Chin_400rr

    whoa.. it works..

  • Mikey Dread

    As was already explained 100 times before your post, and with infinitely greater eloquence and intelligence, you motherf**** idiot. Have a nice day.

  • pavel

    Thanks for the guide, now here you really think that WMP12 is not EQ.

  • Asenku11k

    Hell Yeah!!! Thx Yo!!!! Finally some good bass!!!!

  • Canadave

    Thanks for the tip!…was looking for something like this as a plugin and here it is built in!

  • This one also allows you to adjust the sliders individually to get the exact sound you want.

  • Poki Fave

    Thank you so much I was stuck before on this!

  • NgocVT

    Thank you so much!