1 Main settings
Most of XBMC's global settings can be configured via the GUI (Graphical User Interface) under Settings (labeled "System" under the default skin, Confluence).
Choosing Settings from the Home Screen opens the Settings Window. In this window, you are able to configure XBMC's options:
2 Video OSD settings
Some video playback settings can (currently) only be accessed while playing a video back and accessing the on-screen-display. For more info see Video playback.
3 Video source and scraper settings
For settings related to your file sources and library scanning, see Adding videos to the library (especially Adding videos to the library/Setting content and scanning) and Media sources
4 Add-on settings
Various add-ons also have settings that can be accessed by going to You can also access add-on settings for some add-ons by bringing up the contextual menu press on remote or C or ⊞ Win on a keyboard while using that add-on.
Profiles allows you to save all of your 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.
6 Advanced settings
Many advanced settings can not be accessed from the GUI (Graphical User Interface). This is to prevent normal end-users from messing up XBMC by more than they need to. To change/edit advanced settings or configurations you must manually create/edit advancedsettings.xml.