Miro Interface

The Miro user interface consists of 4 basic parts. Before walking through the functionality you should understand the terms used to describe each piece. This will make the rest of the manual easier to understand.

When you first start Miro, it looks something like this:


The labeled areas are these:

  1. This is the menu.
  2. This is the sidebar. Clicking on the tabs opens it in the main view.
  3. This is the main view. This screenshot is showing the browser display.
  4. This is the playback bar. This bar has controls for playback, fullscreen, details of the item being played, the timeline, and the volume control.

The menu

The menu is pretty straight-forward. It works like menus for other applications.

The sidebar

The sidebar allows you to navigate to see everything that Miro is managing. Each item in the sidebar is called a tab. Clicking on a particular tab will display it’s content in the main view.

Starting at the top, we have the following tabs:

  • Miro

    Clicking on this tab brings up the Miro Guide in the main view.

  • Videos, Music, Misc, Downloading, Converting

    The Videos and Music tabs show you all the video and music that you have in your Miro library.

    The Misc tab will show up if you have misc items that are neither video nor music. For example, if you downloaded a torrent that has PDFs in it, those PDFs would show up in the Misc tab. If you don’t have any misc items, then this tab won’t show up.

    The Downloading tab shows up when you’re downloading or uploading.

    The Converting tab shows up when you’re converting items.

  • Video Search

    Clicking on this tab brings up the video search view which allows you to search Internet video sites for content. This is covered more in Searching video websites.

  • Connect

    The Connect tab manages shares and devices. You can read more about these things in Sharing and Devices.

  • Sources

    The Sources tab holds sources for media. A source is any website you want bookmarked to view inside of Miro. Sources are covered in Sources.

  • Stores

  • Podcasts

    The Podcasts section holds podcast feeds. Podcasts are covered in Podcasts.

  • Playlists

    The Playlists section holds playlists. Playlists are covered in Playlists.

The main view

There are several different kinds of main views depending on what’s selected in the sidebar.

The browser view


Miro has a built-in web-browser. There are browser controls along the top of the browser allowing you to go forward and backward in the history, reload the page, go back to “home” and open the current page in a browser outside of Miro.

On Windows, the browser is XULRunner-based like Firefox.

On GNU/Linux and OSX, the browser is Webkit-based like Safari and Chrome.

The item view

The standard view has a header and a list of items in the view. In the header you’ll find the name of the view you’re looking at and buttons for executing tasks related to that view and changing view settings.

In the footer, you’ll find additional controls and that’s where the bar that opens and closes the item details pane is located.

There’s a toggle in the upper right hand corner of the item view that lets you toggle between “standard view” and “list view”.


The left button shows the list of items in “standard view” and looks like this:


The right button shows the list of items in “list view” and looks like this:


Items can be sorted by clicking on the column headings. Clicking on the column heading twice will reverse the sort.

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The details panel

The list and standard views both have a details panel at the bottom that can be opened and closed by clicking on the top edge of the panel:


Click on the top edge of the panel to open and close it.

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