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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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ye good on ya m8 Dec 17, 2014 @ 5:20pm 
Why can't I access the Steam Community? It was working 2 days ago. Someone please help!
PipsiDipsi 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
Zygen Jun 21, 2014 @ 4:38pm 
explains things very well, Since I just got Skyrim for PC for modding this has been helpful.

Thanks very much!
Isaac May 21, 2014 @ 4:43pm 
Very sweet and to the point. Perfect for beginning modders using the workshop.
One question: Why is it not syncing my subscribed mods? (Says: Failed to enumerated subscribed mods!)
Aaron of Minneapolis May 13, 2014 @ 3:30am 
One other note: the Unofficial Patch Project patches hundreds of bugs that Bethesda didn't get around to fixing. However, its patches aren't on the Workshop any more, for reasons the project leader discusses here . You can find the Unofficial Patches on AFK Mods [afkmods.iguanadons.net], Nexus Mods ( Skyrim [www.nexusmods.com], Dawnguard [www.nexusmods.com], Hearthfire [www.nexusmods.com], Dragonborn [www.nexusmods.com], Hi-Res Pack [www.nexusmods.com]), and a few other places. Make sure you read their notes about load order before installing them , or you'll have problems (such as dragon souls not being absorbed ).
Fayde1 Apr 24, 2014 @ 4:19am 
Thank you Jimo - New player here and this helps a lot.
Just wondering if you can shed any light on what BOSS is and how to use it? "Apparently" it's"Essential" for managing mods and not stuffing up my pewta?? That sort of info would be an awesome addition to this Guide, which has been more informative than most I've stumbled through
Cheers :)