how can I minimize VLC Media Player 2.2.1?

Hello and Good Evening Everyone

            I am interested in knowing how to minimize VLC Media Player.  There are moments I would like to pause the playback of a movie and minimize the screen so I can open something else which can easily be done within Windows Media Player.  However, I have yet to figure this out with VLC Media Player.

             Any shared tips for achieving this goal will be greatly appreciated.

             Thank you

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Hi George, there's a Windows keyboard shortcut that minimises the active window (Windows Key + Down Arrow x2)  Then Alt+Tab to find and restore the player.  

If you mean pause playback while mimimised you need to activate this option in VLC
(Tools > Preferences >  on the Interface Menu check "Pause playback when minimised" > Save).

Check this box
NB There's a newer version of VLC available.

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GMartinAuthor Commented:

          Thank you for your easy to understand steps and illustration.  Unfortunately, I was not able to get the movie to minimize.  I will check out the newer version of VLC Media Player.  Perhaps I will have better results with it whenever I need to pause and minimize the picture.

GMartinAuthor Commented:

          If you would, could you submit the direct download URL address for the latest version of VLC Media Player?  The embedded link above seems to direct me to a different site which does not provide the option of downloading the latest version of VLC Media Player.


☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Oops - my mistake - I read my version as 2.2.5 but it's actually 2.1.5 so you're ahead of me :) (Rincewind -> Weatherwax!)

I've installed 2.2.1 and it behaves as I described. i.e. when I minimise VLC playback stops and when I restore the window it starts again with that box checked.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening

             Thank you for your suggestions and the easy to understand illustration.  Unfortunately, I was not ever able to get the playback of my movie to minimize within VLC Media Player when paused.  Now, the movie being played back was on the hard disk drive and not on DVD.  I am not sure if that makes any difference or not.    Your proposed solution was still a good one and should have worked.  

             Have a good night and thanks again.

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