Mod Organizer

TerrorFox1234 Created Oct 1 2016 - Updated Oct 1 2016 Modding Bethesda Games

Mod Organizer (MO) is a powerful tool for managing mods. This help page will cover the various components of Mod Organizer and basic usage.

Top Bar

At the very top of MO you find nine buttons. From left to right they are as follows:

  • Install a new mod from archive: This button allows you to install a mod not listed in the Downloads tab. Click the button, navigate to the archive for the mod you wish to install, select it, and MO will install it just like any other mod.
  • Search Nexus for more mods: This button will take you to the Nexus homepage related to the game you are managing.
  • Configure Profiles: This button open the profile manager window. From here you can create, copy, remove, and rename profiles. You can also transfer saves from one profile to another if you use MO's "Local Savegame" feature (enabled/disabled in the bottom left of the profile manager window)
  • Modify Executables: This button brings up the executable manager window. From here you can add other utilities such as TES5edit or Merge Plugins so that they launch through MO. (All utilities must be launched through MO in order to see your mods)
  • Tools: This button opens a menu containing the ini editor, NMM importer, and Configurator

    • ini editor - Allows you to edit the skyrim.ini and skyrimprefs.ini. You must edit your .ini files through MO. It does not see the original ones created when the game is installed.
    • NMM Import - Allows you to import a mod list from Nexus Mod Manager.
    • Configurator - Allows you to edit some .ini settings via sliders and buttons. This does not contain all possible .ini settings available via the ini editor.
  • Configure settings and workarounds: This button opens the Settings window.

    • General Tab: In this tab you can set the default language used by MO, the visual style of MO, log level. The next section down shows you the file paths to your download directory, mod directory, and cache directory. The next section has options for a different download interface, turning on meta information download, dialogue reset, and configure mod categories. Most users will only ever touch the Style, Download Directory, Mod Directory, and Mod Categories.
    • Nexus Tab: This tab is where you can enter your Nexus login information. This is needed in order to download mods directly into MO. You can toggle automatic login, offline mode, and proxy use. The "Associate with 'Download with Manager' links" button enables you to download mods directly to MO. The final section shows the servers you have access to and allows you to set preferred servers (Nexus Premium members get options for faster servers).
    • Steam Tab: Your Steam username and password. Since MO needs Steam open to launch this will automatically enter your login info. Please read the warning associated with doing this.
    • Plugins Tab: These are not plugins like the ones used by mods. These are various plugins that enable necessary functions within MO such as handling different Bethesda games or installing mods that utilize a FOMOD installer. While you're here... find the Basic Diagnosis Plugin and click it. Look for the "check_modorder" option on the left. Double-click the word "true" and use the arrow to change it to "false". This particular feature is supposed to make sure your install order is correct, and it usually has no idea what it's talking about.
    • Workarounds Tab: Just don't touch anything here. These are "last resort" options and only should be used if troubleshooting after all else fails.
  • Issue Warning: This button will turn red when there is an issue. Clicking the button will open a window telling you what the issue is and how to resolve it.

  • Update: If this is greyed out, MO is up to date. If it is colored, click it to update MO.

  • Help: Opens a menu with various help topics.

Left Pane

The left side of MO houses your profile selector, mod list, and filtering options. Here we will cover everything on the left side of Mod Organizer starting in the top left.

  • Profile Selector: Select which profile you want to use. You can also access the profile manager from this menu.
  • Profile Options: This button will open a menu containing options to install a mod, enable all visible mods, disable all visible mods, check all mods for update, refresh mod list, and export mod list to a .csv file.
  • Restore Backup: Allows you to restore a mod list backup from an exported .csv file. If you deleted mods you will need to reinstall them. The csv only contains information about the order the mods were in.
  • Create Backup: Do this occasionally. It's good practice. :)
  • Mod List: This is the main focus on the left side of MO. This contains a list of all the mods you have installed. Note that it is best to have them sorted by priority (not name) as the priority is the order in which mods are loaded.

This mod list is commonly referred to as Install Order. When installing manually, or through another mod manager, the order in which mods are installed determines which mods overwrite others. (Mods installed later overwrite mods installed earlier in the case of duplicate/conflicting files). In MO the install order is managed via this list. This means that, rather than having to reinstall mods to change their install order, you can simply drag and drop them in this list to change their overwrite priority.

The details, from left to right, that the mod list shows:

  • Name - The name of the mod
  • Flags - Conflict warnings. A lightning bolt (+) means the mod is overwriting another mod. A lightning bolt (-) means the mod is being overwritten by another mod. Lightning bolt (+/-) is a bit of both. A white lightning bolt means that everything in the mod is being overwritten (the mod is doing nothing). These conflicts can be investigated further by double clicking a mod and navigating to the "Conflicts" tab.
  • Content - Icons indicating the types of files the mod contains. Hovering over the icons will tell you what each icon means.
  • Category - The category applied by the mod author. These can be adjusted by right-click the mod and selecting "Add/Remove Categories"
  • Nexus ID - The mod's Nexus ID as identified by the mod page's URL.
  • Version - The version listing provided by the mod author.
  • Installation - The date on which the mod was installed.
  • Priority - The order in which mods are loaded. 0 (zero) loads first, then one (1), then two (2) and so on. Mods with a higher priority overwrite conflicting mods with a lower priority (Lets say Mods 60, 30, and 3 all have conflicting files: Mod 60 overwrites mod 30, Mod 30 overwrites mod 3)

These detail sections can be toggled by right-click anywhere on the mod list header and checking/unchecking the boxes next to each sections title.

  • Filter: Little button to the bottom left of your mod list. Clicking this will expand a menu containing filtering categories.
  • Groups: Here you can group mods based on Category or Nexus IDs. Optionally you can leave it set to "No Groups". In most cases this is the preferred option as it allows you to view your mod list according to priority.
  • NameFilter: With larger mod lists youcan quickly locate a mod by typing it's name (as it appears in your mod list) into the text field.

Right Side

The right side of Mod Organizer contains your launcher menu, plugins tab, archives tab, data tab, saves tab, and downloads tab.

  • Launcher Menu:

to be continued...night night <TF