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This Wiki section is the main User's Guide for those who are new to MediaPortal.. It describes how to navigate and use the main features and plugins installed with MediaPortal.
So, you have successfully prepared your system, installed MediaPortal and completed the quick setup to configure your remote, maybe even weather setup, and can start MediaPortal with your 'Green button'. You're ready to go.
Although using MediaPortal is quite easy, there are some important basics about the user interface which will help you get up to speed quickly. See Basics to learn about the MediaPortal interface.
When your first start MediaPortal you will see the Home screen. There are two options for the Home screen: Home or BasicHome and many ways you can configure your startup options.
Navigating the MediaPortal interface is very intuitive. There are navigation features you may choose according to the input device you use: remote, keyboard, mouse, touch screen, or external devices like mini displays. See Navigation to learn the options available such as:
Most windows in MediaPortal offer built in menus which allow you to select:
- Layouts - List, Icons, Big Icons, Filmstrip, Cover flow and in a few windows Big Icons List (Album). The Playlist layout is available in playlist windows (instead of the normal list layout).
- Views - Shares (Explorer style), Database, Playlists
- Sort Options
As well as navigate to other related windows or features, or perform related actions.
Note: Yes, there is both a Playlists layout and a playlists view.
Context menus allow you to perform additional actions supported by the window displayed. They are sometimes called dialogs because they allow you to interact with MediaPortal.
There are seven main features in MediaPortal. The main features display by default on the Home Screen when you start MediaPortal. Five of them display on the BasicHome screen in the default skin Blue3/wide. For an overview of features, see our webstie: MediaPortal: Discover the Features. To learn how to use these features, see:
You may also customize many aspects of each feature. See the specific feature under Customizing > Configuration
Plugins included in MediaPortal
Plugins add to the functionality of MediaPortal. A number of plugins are included with MediaPortal.