Play/Pause button for INactive media window?

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    I do a lot of transcribing and taking notes from audio programs, and often switch back and forth between MS Word and my media player (VLC). How can I make the Play/Pause button on the type keyboard function when VLC is not the active window?
     
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    Talk to the developer and ask them to get it right. The built-in music application, Media Monkey, Deezer, Nokia Music, can be controlled (volume +/-, mute, pause/play) even if not the active app.
     
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    That's good to know. Maybe I'll use the built-in media app. I'm only playing mp3 files, nothing unusual.
     
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    Windows Media Player doesn't seem to have keyboard shortcuts for rewinding 5-10 seconds (which I use often), and Media Monkey (which I just downloaded from their website) doesn't respond to the play/pause button when the inactive window.
     
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    Media Monkey does, I use it everyday. And why download from their website and not from the store? If it is the desktop version, that is not what I'm using.
     
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    The button works, but only if it's the active window... at least for me.

    I can't download from the store (I don't have a Live account), so I got it from their website, and it runs as a desktop version.
     
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    I'm pertaining to the versions that DOES NOT run on the Desktop.
     
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    I see. Well, I'll need to find another solution. :/
     
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    Okay, problem solved. VLC does allow this feature, I just didn't know about it. It's in the preference settings under 'global hotkeys'. I tried this out, closed and reopened VLC, and got it to work. Here is a screenshot of the settings menu in VLC in case anyone else is looking to do the same.

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