Now they are in here we can use them on our kodi system and in the build, but in order to do that we need to venture into “xml” files. Please only do this if you are confident and make sure you have a backup of your system just in case. Check out my previous blog on doing backups.
For big changes I might chose to copy this file onto my USB stick and take it to the PC to make the changes but in this case we are only making a few tweaks so I will do it direct on my T8 box using File Manager.
If we click on the Fonts.xml file we get a few options on how we want to open it, this depends on what Apps you have on your box.
I will chose to open it with File Manager which I am using to get to this path and I will opt to use this method only once.
Once inside we need to find the places that need tweaking.
We need to look for the <font> description for the Main Menu which can be found on or about line 247. In File Manager you don’t get to see the line numbers so you need to find it manually.
Replace the existing .tff file name with the one of your choice, I have done it already above. You see now why we made the file name nice and short. Less chance of any mistakes.
Those of you that are eagle eyed will notice that I have also changed the size of the font in this section too. This just makes this particular font fit my main menu bar much better. A lot of this is just trial and error, don’t be afraid to play with it a bit to get it how you want it.
Now, while we are in this file, let’s do the sub-menu text as well.
We need to scroll up in this file a bit to find the <font> description for font13_title. You will find this on approximately line 144. Be careful if you don’t have line numbers because there are a few <font> descriptions that are very similar.
Once again, change the .tff file name and if necessary the size also to the font you chose earlier. I have changed mine above.
Remember to save the file before exiting and that’s it.
You must re-start kodi for the changes to take effect.
Here’s what mine looks like now !
OK, with that done, let’s now make an edit to the main menu bar so that it only displays one item at a time.
As mentioned in earlier blogs we have the choice within the kodi menus to change between 3 and 5 items but we have to make a tweak if we only want one.
Thanks go to @DickoTheGeordie for his great Youtube video guides on this one.
Having just one main menu item leaves us with plenty of space on the bar to add some cool images or graphics which I will cover in later blogs (once I have learned how to do it).
So, in file manager again, let’s navigate to this folder: