Even to this day a few people are still looking for a how-to guide for Windows Media Player zoom feature. But the truth is, WMP cannot zoom in when you play a video. Instead, it only allows you to enlarge the player window. I'll elaborate on how to do that and provide a simple method to zoom in video.

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Windows Media Player Zoom in/out Feature Doesn't Exist

"How to zoom in on Windows Media Player?" Some people still appear to mistakenly think that Windows Media Player is capable of zooming in a video. But I want to clarify the fact that Windows Media Player doesn't come with a zoom in or out feature to help you make out some details in a section of a video, it only enables you to change the player window size to 50%, 100% or 200%. Here is the guide below:

Step 1. Open Windows Media Player. Switch to "Library" mode and play a video in your media library.

Step 2. Press "ALT+1" to zoom the video by 50%. Press "ALT+2" to zoom it by 100%. Press "ALT+3" to zoom it by 200%.

Step 3. Press "ALT + ENTER" to zoom the video to Full Screen.

Step 4. Press "ESC" to exit full-screen mode and return the video to normal size.

Alternatively, you can right-click on the video screen, go to "Video" option in the context menu and select 50%, 100% or 200%.

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How to Zoom in on Windows Media Player Alternative - VLC?

I'm afraid that is not what you want. To enlarge a part of the video for viewing more details, Windows Media Player is apparently powerless. In this case, I'll recommend the best Windows Media Player alternative - VLC Media Player and show you how to zoom in video step by step.

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of VLC from official website: https://www.videolan.org/.

Step 2. Launch VLC and drag a video into the player window to play it.

Step 3. On the top menu bar, navigate to "Tools" > "Effects and Filters".

Zoom in Windows Media Player Alternative - VLC

Step 4. On the pop-up "Adjustments and Effects" window, go to "Video Effects" tab.

Step 5. Then select "Geometry" sub-tab, and enable "Interactive Zoom" option. A small preview window will display on the top left corner of your current video so that you can tune interactive zoom level to zoom in/out the certain part in VLC.

Note: Some videos that are recorded with 90-degree rotation settings will make VLC interactive zoom not working, try to remove that parameter or rotate video if you come across this issue.

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How to Zoom in by Cropping Video?

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Step 1. Run Free HD Video Converter Factory and open "Converter".

Step 2. Drag and drop a video file into software interface. Click "Crop" button on the toolbar to open the editing window.

Step 3. Drag the dotted box on the left window to crop the video section you want to zoom in, you're allowed to crop video in a free or fixed aspect ratio. Make good use of "Fine Tuning" feature to crop the accurate part. Then click OK.

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Final Words...

Again, Windows Media Player CANNOT zoom in/out video, but you can make it come true in VLC or by cropping the video. Hope I make everything crystal clear to all of you guys. If this post is helpful, please share it through your social media. For any question, feel free to let me know. Cheers!

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