If you’ve messed around with iTunes 11 in default view, you’ll notice that creating a playlist has changed. If you have the sidebar turned on to make iTunes 11 look like earlier versions, creating a playlist remains the same. But, if you have the sidebar turned off, you have the chance to use a dedicated area of iTunes just for making playlists.

To take advantage of it, turn off your sidebar (Option+Command+S or View>Hide Sidebar). Along the top bar of iTunes, you’ll see a new playlist option. Select this.

iTunes 101 Making playlists in iTunes 11

You’ll move into a dedicated playlist window with your playlists on the left. Create a new one by clicking the add button (the plus sign) on the bottom left. You can choose from a basic playlist, a smart playlist or playlist folders. If you want to edit an existing playlist, click on the gear icon next to it. Here, you have options to edit, duplicate, delete, export or burn a playist to a disc.

iTunes 101 Making playlists in iTunes 11

If you want to create or edit a playlist, select that option and the playlist being worked on will slide to the right of the screen. Your library will now be on the left. Drag items onto the playlist and type a name. You can toggle between songs, albums, artists, and genre without being kicked out of the playlist view. Once you select videos, you’ll go back to normal iTunes.

iTunes 101 Making playlists in iTunes 11

iTunes 101: Making playlists in iTunes 11 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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