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VLC Tutorial #2 - Media Player Skins

VLC Media Player is an stunning free media player, it brings an incredible list of features including a comprehensive pack of codecs that enables you to play almost any multimedia file format you may come across and even DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and also stream videos in various protocols without clogging your PC because its resources consumption is really low. Furthermore, VLC Media Player is able to play corrupt or incomplete video files. Today I'm going to focus on the personalization aspects of this great free multimedia player and I'll tell you about the use of skins.

Although the default skin is not bad at all, chances are that you would like to change it for one that fits better your taste or maybe your desktop theme. So, in this article you'll learn where to find the skin options to fulfill you personalization needs.
First of all you may want to try the skin that is already included in VLC. Open the Preferences by going to Tools → Preferences

Once you open the Preferences window, click on the Interface options button. There you'll find the ''Use custom skin'' option, select it.

Now you have VLC with a different skin. This is the only alternative that comes with the installation but you can click on the link provided in the Preferences window that will open VLC skin page and download the one you like most among the many of them you'll find there. If you read carefully, there is even an option to download all skins at once.

So, take your time, choose a nice one (or all of them...) and download to the skins folder of your VLC installation directory which is by default:

C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\skins.

Once you are done with that you can change the skin by repeating the first steps described above but this time you'll click on the ''Chose'' button and browse to this folder to select on of the new downloaded skins.

Now restart VLC and it will be dressed with new clothes. Here you can see a couple of skins I really liked.

There is a way of switching skins quickly without even restarting: right-click on the interface and go to Interface → Select skin and choose the one you want to switch to. Simple, easy and fast, couldn't ask for more!

There are some skins which are a bit weird to me but you know... that's just a matter of taste.

Of course you can also make your own skin but such a procedure goes beyond the scope of this article.

Final Words

So, all in all, VLC is an extremely versatile media player that delivers high quality playback and as you learned today it proves to be interestingly customizable in its look and feel. What's more, VLC is totally FREE!Download now by clicking on the link below or on the big ''Download'' button on top of this page, you'll not even have to register.

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