Many of the Kodi skins out there allow you to customize Kodi home screen. A lot of users however prefer the default skins of recent Kodi releases like Confluence and of course the new Estuary skin with Kodi Krypton. Estuary does not come with a built in Kodi menu editor but you can add new menu items by editing XML files. In this post we will show you a simple method you can use to customize Kodi menu and yet stick with the look and feel of the Kodi Krypton Estuary skin. At the end of the post I include a video tutorial showing the whole process.
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How to Customize Kodi Home Screen – Add Menu Item to Kodi
There is a modified version of the Kodi Kypton default skin out there called Estuary Mod. This skin is based on Estuary but comes with enhancements. It has the exact same look and feel and identical functionality. It comes with additional options however and one of the key features here is the ability to customize Kodi home screen. In this guide we will use the Estuary Mod skin to add a new menu item to Kodi. Prior to implementing this guide please ensure that you backup your media centre.
Not upgraded to Kodi 17 Kryton yet? [Read: How to Upgrade Kodi Media Centre without Losing your Data]
A full video tutorial showing how to do this guide is shown at the end of this post.
Stage 1 – Install the Guilouz Repository
To begin you need to download and install the Guilouz Repository. You can find this here.
Download the zip file in the first post of this article and save it to your computer. To install it into Kodi
select Add-ons on the left hand side of the home screen and then
click Install from Repository as shown in the image below. [Read: How to Install Addons with Kodi]
On the screen that follows
select Install from zip file. This will allow you to browse your computer for the Guilouz Respoitory Kodi addon you have just downloaded.
Browse to the location where you saved the Guilouz Repository,
select the zip file and
click OK as shown in the image below.
Stage 2 – Install the Kodi Estuary Mod Skin
The Guilouz Kodi repository will now be installed. Before we can customize Kodi menu we need to pull down the Estuary Mod Kodi skin onto our system. Repeat the first part of Stage 1 by
clicking Add-ons on the left hand window and then
select Install from repository. This time, on the screen that follows rather than selecting Install from zip
select Install from repository.
Select the Guilouz Repository from the available list and the navigate through
Look and feel - Skin - Estuary Mod - Kodi 17. When you get to this point
select the zip file for the skin (only one in the folder) and then
click install. Once the download is complete you will receive a popup message saying “Would you like to switch skin?”
Click Yes and Kodi will switch to the Estuary Mod skin.
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Stage 3 – Customize Kodi Home Screen
Now that the Estuary Mod skin has been installed we are ready to customize Kodi menu.
Click on the Settings cog on the main menu and then
select Skin settings as shown in the image below.
On the left hand menu the Home menu option will be selected by default. On the right hand side
select Customize Main Menu as shown in the image below.
To add Kodi menu item
click on the + symbol shown on the left hand side of the screen. This will create a new menu item called <None> with no settings set. The image below shows your new blank menu item in the Estuary Mod Kodi menu editor.
Select Choose item for menu. [Read: How to Setup Official Kodi Remote on IOS & Android]
Here you can decide what type of media or command you want your new menu item to execute. You can select a type of library such as Videos, Music or Pictures or you can set an addon to launch. You can also tell Kodi to execute commands when this new menu item is selected. Scroll through the list of options available here and select what type of item your new Kodi menu button will be. [Read: How to Play 2D Movies in 3D with Kodi Media Centre]
The “Change action” option will now auto populate.
Select Set label and here you configure a name for your new menu button. All other settings can be left as default. When you have entered these settings use the up and down arrows on the left hand side of the screen to change the ordering of your Kodi home screen. [Read: How to Play Games on Kodi]
Final Thoughts – Customize Kodi Menu
The add menu item to Kodi steps are finished and you are now complete. You can exit to the Kodi home screen and your new menu item should now be visible. Click on it to ensure that it works as expected. There are many uses for the customize Kodi home screen process. You can have a home screen button for certain media file types like workout videos for example. If you play games on your media centre then why not add a games shortcut to your Kodi home screen. If there is a particular addon you use all the time then give it a name and make it launchable from your main Kodi menu.
Your Kodi home screen is now fully customized. Why not boot your HTPC straight into Kodi. [Read: How to Autostart Kodi / XBMC with Launcher4Kodi]