Adding “Recently Added” back to Windows Media Player 12

The “Recently Added” item has been removed from version 12 of Windows Media Player, but there’s an easy to add it back in.  It involves creating an automatic playlist.  Here are the steps:

1. Open Windows Media Player.

2. Hold down the <ALT> key and tap the “F” key.  Then tap the “E” key.  The “Create automatic playlist” window is displayed.

3. Type a name for the playlist, such as “Recently Added”

4. Click the first line that says “Click here to add criteria.”  A drop-down list appears.

5. Click on “Date Added” in the list.  A new criteria called “Date added to library is after Last 30 Days.

6. If you wish to change this criteria, click on the appropriate link, such as “last 30 days” and choose the appropriate value.

7. Click the OK button.  “Recently Added” now appears under the Playlist menu.

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Dan grew up in New York State, and graduated from Queensbury High School in 1980. He received his bachelor's in computer science at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1984. He was a computer programmer at several insurance companies, and worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred for ten years. In July of 2002 after 18 years of programming, Dan founded Iowa PC Services, Inc. as a one-man computer repair business. He is an active member at the Grandview Church of Christ in Des Moines, and enjoys woodworking, walking, and grandchildren. Dan and his lovely wife, Donna, have two grown children and four grandchildren.