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On Media / DVD Play
Controls Zoom Player's window behavior when new content is being played.

On CD / DVD Insert & Play
Controls Zoom Player's window behavior when a Zoom Player detects a CD/DVD/BluRay disc was inserted.

Password protect the options dialog
When enabled, opening the options dialog will request a password to proceed. Enabling this setting prompts you to set a password.

Use natural text sorting (disable to use alphabetical sorting)
Natural sorting improves over alphabetical sorting by taking numbers into account.
With alphabetical sorting, a few image file appear in a playlist as:

And with natural sorting, the same files appear in the playlist as:

Prevent player interface from opening on a disabled (turned off) monitor
When enabled, opening a Zoom Player interface with a previous position on a monitor that is no longer available (turned off/detached), will restore the interface's position to the active monitor.

Open the Options Dialog on the active monitor (so it won't be forgotten on a secondary monitor)
When enabled, the options dialog will always opens on the currently active monitor. When unchecked, the options dialog will remember its last position, allowing it to appear on a secondary monitor.

Show currently playing title on the Task Bar button and Tray icon
When enabled, the windows task bar button and system tray will use the media's "Title" instead of the media file name when a media's title is available.

Auto Switch to Audio Mode when a Media File does not contain a Video Stream
When enabled, Zoom Player will automatically switch to Audio Mode when a media file with no video content is played.

Auto Switch to Media Mode when a Media File contains a Video Stream
When enabled, Zoom Player will automatically switch to Media mode when a media file with video content is played.

Player should stay on top of other applications when switching to Audio Mode
Beyond the standard "Stay on Top" feature accessible through the right-click menu, this feature enables you to set the player to "Stay on Top" in audio mode, even if the player's global 'Stat on Top' setting is not enabled.

Playlist should stay on top of other application when switching to fullscreen mode
When enabled, switching to fullscreen sets the playlist editor dialog to "Stay on Top" of other windows.

Equalizer should stay on top of other application when switching to fullscreen mode
When enabled, switching to fullscreen sets the audio equalizer dialog to "Stay on Top" of other windows.

Blank non-Playing Monitors while in Fullscreen / Zoom mode
Enabling this setting blanks-out any non-playing monitors while Zoom Player is playing in fullscreen/zoom mode. This is especially useful when playing from a laptop to an external TV/Monitor and having the Laptop's monitor blanked out, preventing distracting light coming from the monitor.

Show all filters in Stream Selection sub-menu (otherwise only show detected streams)
Controls how to display the right-click "Stream Selection" sub-menu.
When enabled, all filters exposing a stream select interface are displayed in a sub-menu, cleaning up the dialog. With this setting disabled, only detected Subtitle, Audio and Video streams from known sources are listed.

Use the enhanced (Windows Vista+) Open Dialog
When enabled on Windows Vista or newer, the latest version of microsoft's file-open dialog is used. When disabled, the Windows XP file-open dialog is used (the Windows XP dialog has visual glitches under newer versions of windows).

Show "Places" in Open / Save Dialogs
When Opening files using the Open function, the standard windows open dialog is displayed. There are two variants to this dialog, one showing a "Places" box and another with only the file list. Unchecking this setting shows the open dialog with only the file list visible.

Show Button "Hints"
Controls whether small pop-up hints appear when the mouse cursor hovers over user interface elements.

ESC Quits Player when used in window mode
Pressing the ESC key closes all user interface elements currently visible. With this setting enabled and no user interface elements visible (other than the main player window), pressing the ESC key will close Zoom Player.

Delete key erases the currently playing file (with confirmation)
When enabled, the delete key will erase the currently playing files. To prevent accidental clicks, you will be prompted before the file is erased.

Playing new content moves the player window to the top
With this setting enabled, playing new media content will bring Zoom Player's window to the top (with the exclusion of stay on top windows).

Switching to Fullscreen / Zoom mode moves the player window to the top
When enabled, entering fullscreen or fullscreen using a zoom region will bring the player interface on top of other windows, including player interfaces such as 'secondary screen blanking'. This feature was previously enabled by default in versions 8.1 and older. In later versions, this feature became optional and disabled by default as it was causing issues with video renderers using Fullscreen Exclusive Mode (i.e. MadVR).

Pause playback when minimizing the player window while playing video content
This setting controls whether playback should pause when minimizing the player window while a video is playing. Audio playback is unaffected by this feature.

Playing new content while the player is minimized restores the user interface window
When this setting enabled, playing new content from external sources (e.g. double clicking in explorer) automatically restores the player window if it was previously minimized.

Lock Filter / Decoder configuration pages to the main user interface
When enabled, opening a filter's property (configuration) page will have the page attached to the main user interface window (and block access to the interface in the background). When disabled, the page becomes free-floating and can disappear behind the player or open on a secondary monitor (but allow you to access the user interface).

Use mouse wheel and arrow keys to scroll text & html files
With this setting enabled, while viewing text or html files, the normal functions assigned to the up/down arrow keys and the mouse's scroll wheel are ignored and instead the mouse and arrow keys are used to scroll through the document.

Invert text file view (white background, black text)
By default, when viewing text file, to reduce the glare of an all white TV, a black background with white text is used. Enabling this setting switches the color scheme to a white background with black text.

Alternative context menu file (clear = use default menu)
Zoom Player's right-click context menus is based on a fully customizable script. This value allows you to pick a custom menu file.

For more information on customizing Zoom Player's context menus, open the "english.menu" file (resides in the Zoom Player language folder) using any text editor.