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MediaElement.Play Method

Plays media from the current position.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)

public void Play()

This method will begin the media if it is not currently active (for instance was loaded without autoplay), or will resume media if it is paused. This method has no effect if the media is currently running.

Platform Notes

Silverlight for Windows Phone Silverlight for Windows Phone

 Media files with incorrect extensions do not play back. The extension must match the encoded source.

In the Windows Phone Emulator, playback of video or audio content using the MediaElement control is not supported.

You can interactively control media playback by using the Play, Pause, and Stop methods of a MediaElement object. The following example defines a MediaElement object and several buttons for controlling media playback.


<Grid>
    <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
        <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
        <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
        <ColumnDefinition Width="*"/>
    </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
    <Grid.RowDefinitions>
        <RowDefinition Height="*" />
        <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
    </Grid.RowDefinitions>

    <MediaElement x:Name="media" Source="xbox.wmv" Width="300" Height="300" 
                  Grid.Column="0" Grid.Row="0" Grid.ColumnSpan="3" />

    <!-- Stops media playback.-->
    <Button Click="StopMedia" 
     Grid.Column="0" Grid.Row="1" Content="Stop" />

    <!-- Pauses media playback. -->
    <Button Click="PauseMedia" 
     Grid.Column="1" Grid.Row="1" Content="Pause" />

    <!-- Begins media playback. -->
    <Button Click="PlayMedia" 
     Grid.Column="2" Grid.Row="1" Content="Play" />

</Grid>


The accompanying code creates several event handlers and uses the Stop, Pause, and Play methods to control the MediaElement.

Run this sample


private void StopMedia(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    media.Stop();
}
private void PauseMedia(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    media.Pause();
}
private void PlayMedia(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    media.Play();
}


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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