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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.

Navigating the Workshop
The Skyrim workshop lists mods which have received the most visitors and ratings from the community within the week.

Near the top you can search for a specific mod using the search bar.

The sidebar filters allow you filter mods by creatures, UI, graphics and more.

Along the top you can choose to filter mods by their popularity and you can choose to view the most recent submissions.

Some mods will be listed as part of a collection. Collections typically contain related mods. To browse the workshop collections select "Browse" and then choose "Collections".
Downloading Mods
To download a mod you will need to subscribe to it. You can subscribe to a mod to it by selecting its thumbnail on the workshop. Before subscribing to the mod you've selected it's a good idea to read the mods description and tags. It's common for workshop authors to give specific details regarding their submission in these areas.

After you've chosen a mod click on the green "Subscribe" button located on its workshop page.

You'll receive a confirmation box letting you know the subscription has been successful. Subscribing to mods 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 use any newly subscribed 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 it's strongly recommended that you save a backup of your game. You can do this through the Skyrim menu by clicking "Escape" and then "Save" within the game. 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.

If you'd like to see an entire list of mods that you're subscribed to you can click on "Data Files" from the launcher. 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. From this menu you can be selective in regards to what mods you'd like your game to start with by clicking the check mark next to their name.

Modifications will be loaded if they are enabled from the "Data Files" menu the next time you start your game. Many mods have their own instructions which are typically listed in the workshop description area. Certain mods may require a series of user commands to be ran before you'll be able to see their effect in-game.

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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Jimo  [author] Apr 26 @ 2:30pm 
I believe Valve is looking into this issue.
Doctor Maxis Apr 26 @ 2:26pm 
I'm also having similar troubles, the Mods that I have subscribed to aren't downloading/loading into the Data Files.
S'MORES Apr 25 @ 6:14am 
I've tried everything! But my mods doesn't show up on the "Data Files" thingy! Anyone able to help?
raidekiz Apr 9 @ 6:44am 
For some reason my mods won't all download. Is there a simple way of getting my mods back, without re-subscribing to them all, for them to all install?
Vouldkrin Dec 17, 2014 @ 5:20pm 
Why can't I access the Steam Community? It was working 2 days ago. Someone please help!
PipsiDipsi # new mouse Nov 28, 2014 @ 12:41pm 
If I install a mod , does that mean I have to start a new savegame ?
Jimo  [author] Nov 24, 2014 @ 7:26am 
This guide has been overhauled. It's now much more simple and should be easier to follow. It also includes updated pictures of the workshop with its new color scheme.
metroid_followertony Oct 20, 2014 @ 11:20am 
Thanks so much man
David Sep 6, 2014 @ 5:59pm 
Does installing mods in Skyrim make something limited or get bugged? Like how using mods make you unable to obtain achivements in Torchlight... Hope you guys understand what I'm trying to ask.
Gamer1980Man Aug 24, 2014 @ 5:37pm 
will it download them while im playing