We've already shown you how to create and listen to playlists of digital music in Windows Media Player, but if you've got a machine running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can also use Windows Media Centre.

The function, which was first introduced in Vista and given a new user-interface and improved functions in Windows 7, was designed to bring music, pictures and even digital TV and movies to one location in the operating system. By launching the programme you can access all your multimedia and even play a photo slideshow while you're listening to music.

Here's how to play music and create playlists in Windows Media Player

Step one
Select Windows Media Centre from the Start Menu.

Step two
From the Windows Media Centre main screen, scroll down to Music and then click the Music library.

Step three
Now select from Albums, artists, genre or songs and then click on a track and press play in the Media Centre control panel located at in the bottom left-hand corner.

Step four
You can also press playlists and select one of your existing lists to play.

Step five
Alternatively, press Create Playlist to start a new list. You'll be asked to enter the title and select which library you want top browse for songs, albums or tracks.

Step six
Once you've found a track you want to add, check the box next to it and press Next to add it to the playlist. Press Add more and repeat the same process until you're happy with the tracks on your list. Now press Create.

Step seven
To begin listening to your new playlist, select it from the list and press Play.