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This page describes the basic controls that are used in most areas of XBMC, as well as the XBMC home screen. This page assumes you are using the default skin for XBMC, Confluence.

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1 Home screen

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1.1 RSS ticker

XBMC can display an RSS feed on the home screen of the default skin/interface (Confluence), as well as any other skin that supports RSS feeds. By default, the RSS news feed is taken from http://xbmc.org, but the feed can be changed to almost any RSS feed.

2 Contextual menu

The context menu gives you quick access to some functions that also can be accessed by the keyboard directly (e.g. Queue item), while other functions (e.g. Change content) are only accessible from the context menu.

You can bring up the context menu either by:

  • right-clicking with the mouse.
  • pressing the C key .
  • pressing the guide button on a MCE remote.

Examples of the context menu:

See below for specific explanations of the contextual menu on different menus and areas of XBMC

3 Sidebar menu

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Many options, mostly related to view control, can be accessed with the left hand sidebar menu.


4 Profiles

Profiles allow users to save all of settings as a profile and change them at the touch of a button. It also allows you to grant access to specific folders and network shares based on the profile being used. This is ideal for systems that have multiple users. It works much the same as setting up individual users on your home computer.

5 Favourites

XBMC allows you to add links to your favourite programs, pictures, videos, music, files, add-ons, and more via the favourites menu. Some video add-ons have this support also. So you can access from the home menu easily without having to navigate otherwise complex paths, making it easier for you and your family to access your most common content.

6 Shutdown menu

Pressing S on the keyboard, or by selecting the Shutdown icon in the lower left corner of the default Confluence skin the home screen brings up the shutdown menu.

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The options on this menu are from top to bottom:

Exit
Exits XBMC to your operating system.
Power off system
Powers down your system
Custom Shutdown Timer
XBMC will shutdown your computer after you enter the countdown time.
Suspend
Suspends your computer.
Hibernate
Hibernates your computer.
Reboot
Restarts your computer.


7 File manager

XBMC has a built-in filemanager which lets you transfer/copy/move/delete/rename/create files or folders on your local hard drive, or any of XBMC's supported file sharing protocols as long as you have correct permission on remote shares to read/write to all files. You also would need to setup XBMC to Allow rename and file deletion see Settings/Appearance#File lists if you wish to perform rename/delete operations.

8 On screen keyboard

  • XBMC can use USB keyboards or you can use the remote control-friendly on-screen-keyboard.
  • XBMC for iOS will use the native iOS on-screen-keyboard. This also allows iOS to have clipboard paste support.

9 System information screen

10 Profiles

Profiles allow users to save all of settings as a profile and change them at the touch of a button. It also allows you to grant access to specific folders and network shares based on the profile being used. This is ideal for systems that have multiple users. It works much the same as setting up individual users on your home computer.

11 Weather

XBMC uses add-ons to provide weather information. You can select from various global and regional weather add-ons and customize various location options. Additional weather display options are found under Settings/Appearance and sometimes under the individual skin options, depending on the skin you use.

12 See also

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