Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet
This is NOT an exhaustive list. For that see XBMC’s wiki. These are commands which I find I use on a daily or hourly basis.
Arrow keys — Navigation and skips around while viewing or listening to media.
Enter — Selects the current item, enables/disables options, starts playback.
Escape — Returns navigation to the Home screen or the previous Settings or options screen. For navigating through your Library using the Up Level selections is required as Escaping and then returning to the media will have saved your last viewed location!
Space — Pauses media playback.
Tab — Takes you or returns you to the media playback screen or returns you to where you where navigating through.
i — Brings up the Information screen. There are information screens both while watching or listening to media or while just browsing your media library.
m — Brings up the media options from the media playback screen (or pause menu). This is a very handy menu, be sure to take the time to get familiar with it!
s — Brings up the shutdown menu.
\ — Switches XBMC between windowed and full screen mode.
If you haven’t already used my existing guides to setup the below software you may want to consider using some of these additional tools. These applications will work hand in hand with XBMC to deliver the most robust, accurate, and automated media setup.
These applications are provided in no particular order, and I’m only including applications that I currently recommend using (this is not meant to be an exhaustive list!).
If you haven’t come to this guide by way of my SABnzbd+ guide, be sure to check it out. For those that are not familiar, SABnzbd+ which, I read as “SAB-newzbin” (though “SAB-nzb-daemon plus” is probably much closer to correct!), is a mature Usenet client. It is highly automated, robust, and once set up can run and run with minimal user intervention.
Sick beard is described as a Usenet Personal Video Recorder (PVR) application. It can scan any episodic content that you currently have, create a list from that content, and then automatically monitor, search for, and send files that you are missing to SABnzbd+.
It will then take those downloaded files and rename them properly by using TheTVDB and TVRage databases and update your collection. Sick Beard supports a number of Usenet Index sites and is an incredibly robust time saving and collection building tool.
For more information, and an Install, Setup, and Configuration Guide for an Ubuntu (or similar) system see my guide here.
Sick Beard isn’t likely to pick up movies anytime soon, so thankfully we have Couch Potato to fill a similar roll but for cinematic media! I will be writing a full Install, Setup, & Configuration guide in the not too distant future.
If you get stuck or have any trouble with any of the steps on my guide please feel free to leave me a question or comment in the comments or through my contact page.
If you have problems with hardware configurations or directly with XBMC Media center itself you may be best served by going to their support resources directly. I am happy to give advice and help as I’m able but your best bet is going directly to the source!
March 1, 2011 — Initial guide completed.