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Settings for the GUI are found here. Change the current skin, set language and region, change file listing options, set up a screen saver, etc.


1 Skin

Kodi can have various different appearances which are called skins. Selecting a different skin can drastically change the appearance of Kodi's buttons, windows, TV/movie information layout, and more. Kodi's default skin is called Confluence.
Setting Description Setting level
Skin Allows you to select the skin for the User Interface. See Skins for more information.
Settings Select for additional skin settings. Some skins may not use this button or have additional settings. See Add-on:Confluence/Settings for the default skin.
- Theme
Allows you to change the theme associated with your selected skin. See Skins for more information.
- Colours
Allows you to change the colours of your selected skin. See Skins for more information.
- Fonts
Allows you to choose the fonts displayed in the User Interface. The font sets are configured in the font.xml portion of your skin. See Fonts for more information.
- Zoom
Allows you to zoom in the view of the GUI.
Startup window Allows you to select the screen that Kodi starts up to.
Navigation sounds Allows you to select or disable the sound scheme used in the User Interface.
Show RSS news feeds

Turn this off to remove the scrolling RSS ticker

- Edit
Allows you to edit the RSS feeds.

2 International
Setting Description Setting level
Language Chooses the language the User Interface is displayed in.
Region Allows you to select the various formats used in Kodi for temperature, time and date. The available options are depending on selected language.
Character set Allows you to choose which character set is used for displaying text in the GUI.
Timezone country Allows to select country location.
Note: For some OSes Kodi will take this information from the OS instead of having a setting.
Timezone Allows to select Timezone you country is located in.
Note: For some OSes Kodi will take this information from the OS instead of having a setting.

3 File lists

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Setting Description Setting level
Show parent folder items Determines the display of the parent folder icon (..).
Show file extensions Determines the display of the extensions on media files. For example, "You Enjoy Myself.mp3" would be simply be displayed as "You Enjoy Myself".
Ignore articles when sorting Allows for certain tokens to be ignored during sort operations. For example, with this option enabled, "The Simpsons" would simply be sorted as "Simpsons".

Tokens are configured through langinfo.xml or through <sorttokens> in advancedsettings.xml.

Allow file renaming and deletion Allows you to delete and rename files through the user interface, via the contextual menu (press C on a keyboard, for example, to bring up this menu).
Show "Add source" buttons in file lists Enables showing the add source button from root sections of the user interface.
Show hidden files and directories Shows hidden files and directories.
Support browsing into archives
(Raspberry Pi only)

4 Screensaver

Setting Description Setting level
Screensaver mode Chooses the screensaver.
- Settings:
Allows control of such things as Screensaver dim level which controls how much the screen dims when the screensaver is set to dim mode and Slideshow folder, which determines what pictures to use when the screensaver is set to Slideshow mode.
- Preview
Allows you to preview the selected screensaver.
Screensaver time Allows you to set the amount of idle time required before displaying the screensaver.
Use visualization if playing audio With this option enabled, Kodi will start the selected visualization instead of displaying the screensaver if music is being played.

Conversely if you wish not to have a visualization while playing audio, uncheck this option and visualizations will be disabled.

Note: If a screensaver is active you will still get the screensaver after the preset time has elapsed for screensaver to kick in.
Use dim if paused during video playback With this option enabled, Kodi will dim the display when media is paused, Not valid for the "Dim" screensaver mode.
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