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<section begin="intro" />A common question people have after setting up their library is how can they separate their library so not everything is just in one big section, and how to have that as an option on the home screen in XBMC.
XBMC can already filter and separate library items using a number of methods mentioned above, and combined with a skin that supports [[ custom home items]] , the library can be laid out exactly was you want, right from the home screen.<section end="intro" />
==A quick 101==
The easiest method is to use something like [[smart playlists]], [[custom video nodes]] or [[video library tags]] (or even a mix of those) and create a list for each special type (like anime, documentaries, westerns, etc) ''and'' create one for "general TV shows". Basically, "TV shows" becomes a smart playlist where it's all TV shows except for the ones with special playlists. Then grab a skin that lets you use custom home items, such as Transparency!, Hybrid, or Aeon Nox, and set those as home buttons while hiding the original "TV shows" button.
Some skins even let you use [[custom video nodes]] (which are based on smart playlists) to automatically alter what is displayed on the home screen.
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If you want to completely separate the library you can also use [[profiles]], where each profile has their own XBMC library and settings.
;Aeon Nox example
A commonly asked question is how can the Movie, TV Show or Music Library be further separated so not every title is in one big list.
It is possible to create Main Menu items in addition to the items that appear on the default Main Menu. For example, adding Home Movies, Kids Movies, Sports, Documentaries and other menu items. Kodi can already filter and separate library items using a number of methods. Combined with a skin that supports Custom Home Items, the library and main menu can be laid out to meet your requirements.
The first requirement for modifying your main menu is to install a skin that supports such customization. Most skins that can be downloaded from the Official Kodi Repository, or their Mod versions from the Kodi Forum, have support for this. However, Kodi's default skins (previously Confluence for v16 and prior, and now Estuary for v17 and up) do not have home screen customization options.
Forum listing of other available skins
The second requirement for creating additional custom home items, is a means of filtering the media content. A number of methods are available for this...
The above can be used individually or in combination to create a list for each special type like Anime, Documentaries, Westerns, Home Movies, SciFi, etc. It is good practice to physically separate the media on the drive, by creating a folder specific to the media type that is being separated. eg, a folder containing SciFi, Home Movies etc. Each of these new folders are then added to Kodi as a separate Source.
If you want to completely separate the library you can also use Profiles, where each profile has their own Kodi library and settings.
How To: Guide
Step by step How To: guides are available below.
If you are using a different skin you may be able to follow one of these guides as the process is the same, but you will need to find the appropriate screens in your skin, or you could ask in the forum for your skin.
Aeon Nox Silvo Skin
- How To: Create Custom Home Items
This is an advanced method for those familiar with coding. It will not create Custom Home Items, but it will describe how to rename and reorganise the existing menu items.
- Estuary Renaming & Reordering Home Items
- Rapier Skin Custom Home Items