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Using the Skyrim Steam Workshop
By Jimo
I will give you instructions on how to download and use mods from the Skyrim Steam Workshop.
This guide will give you instructions on how to download and use mods from the Skyrim Steam Workshop.

The workshop is full of user created content such as graphic enhancements, new creatures, map addons and more.

Navigating the Workshop
The front page of the workshop lists mods which have received the most visitors and ratings from the community within the week. On the right side of the workshop there are several options to choose from. For example, you can browse through the top rated submissions of all time or through the most recent submissions. You can also search for a specific submission using the search bar.

If you scroll down further on the sidebar you'll see a list of filters you can apply. You can filter by creatures, UI, graphics and more.

Some mods will be listed as part of a collection. Collections typically contain related mods. To browse the workshop collections you can click the button located at the top of the page.

Downloading Mods
Once you've found a mod that you'd like to try you can subscribe to it by selecting its thumbnail on the Skyrim Steam Workshop.

Before subscribing to the mod you've selected it's a good idea to read the mods description, tags and user comments on the workshop page. It's common for workshop authors to give specific details regarding their submission in these areas.

If you'd like to download the mod click on the green Subscribe button.

You'll then receive a confirmation box letting you know the subscription has been successful. Subscribing to a mod on the Steam Workshop will ensure that it remains up to date. Any author released updates will automatically be downloaded the next time you start Skyrim


If you're currently playing Skyrim you'll need to restart the game before you'll be able to make use of any workshop mods.

If you'd like to delete and unsubscribe from a workshop mod you can do so by visiting your subscriptions list. Locate the asset you'd like to unsubscribe from and select the unsubscribe button.
Playing with Mods
NOTE: Before you begin playing with any sort of game modification I would strongly recommend saving a backup of your game. You can do this through the Skyrim menu by clicking Escape and then Save within the game. I suggest naming it something that you'll remember. If the modification causes issues later down the line and you need to restore to a point before you installed it, you'll be able to do so.

To begin playing with your mod all you need to do is load the game. If this is the first time loading since you've subscribed to the mod you'll notice scrolling text on the launcher. Once it reads Finished synchronizing subscribed mods! then you'll be good to go.

If you'd like to see the entire list of mods that you're subscribed to you can click on Data Files from the launcher. This will bring up a list of mods that you're currently subscribed to. This list will also display mods which have been downloaded outside of the Steam Workshop. Keep in mind that Dawnguard.esm, HearthFires.esm and Dragonborn.esm are official expansion packs.

When you're ready click Play and load up your saved game, or you can start a new one. From reading the description of the mod and the user comments I know that the Space Core will spawn just outside of Whiterun near the watchtower. Head on over to the location and watch the fireworks!

If you'd like to use the Space Core mod which I demonstrated in this guide, you can subscribe to it by clicking the button below.

Closing Notes
If you have any questions or comments regarding this guide please feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch with me on Steam or through my website[www.Jimo.co.uk].

You can also check out all of my other Steam Guides here.

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Shane Apr 14 @ 6:40am 
thank you guy
Jimo  [author] Dec 27, 2013 @ 10:42am 
Thanks Dan!
[KL] Master Dan [StormCats] Dec 27, 2013 @ 2:52am 
Excellent resource material Jimo. This is JUST what beginners are looking for in help with starting out. I am placing this guide on the discussion forum thread which is pinned and contains links from all over the place. Your guide will be further promoted there and will be able to reach even more people who really need help like this.

Thank you for putting so much time and effort into making and sharing this guide!
LP Dec 11, 2013 @ 3:09pm 
Nice guide.
donn_jon Nov 28, 2013 @ 7:31pm 
Anyone have a cluew why I can't get any of these to work?I'm trying to get a lockpick addon and some others to work but so far nothing is working.
jaxxduece Nov 28, 2013 @ 4:43pm 
I'm new to the workshop so found this very helpful, thank you.
Jimo  [author] Oct 27, 2013 @ 10:47pm 
I've updated this guide to fit a new format. It's much shorter now but should still contain all of the information it previously did.
Kemosobie1971 Oct 23, 2013 @ 8:50am 
Very helpfull guide. Thanks Jimo!
EvilMcMoo Aug 22, 2013 @ 11:35am 
hijinx80 Aug 9, 2013 @ 7:54pm 
Jimo - thanks for putting together this fantastic guide for beginners! Before reading this, the idea of using the mods freaked me out a bit. Now, I'm excited to get started!