Since my original article explaining how to get Windows Media Player to single-step a video, I've learned that there's an even easier way.

  • Pause the video.
  • To single-step forward, Ctrl+Click the Play button.
  • To single-step backwrd, Ctrl+Shift+Click the Play button.

Backward-stepping is dependent upon the codec; some of them will go backward to the previous keyframe.

The person who tipped me off to this feature: The developer who implemented it.

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