Specialized theWord Study Area

Specialized theWord Study Area. Today we live in a day when most people have huge hard disks. Space is a luxury most people have. In this post, I just want to share with you something that I have been doing for years. It works really well most of the time. What I am talking about is physically making a tw installation on your computer for just a specialized study. What we are going to do is to set up an area with just certain modules.

What I am suggesting here can also be done with Module Layout Sets. So this is not the only way to set up something similar.

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Installing theWord on Mac-Linux-Ubuntu

I will be open about this, I don’t have a linux machine nor a Mac. But from the feedback from the many people who have installed theWord on these platforms it is fully possible to install and use the program on these platforms.

NOTE: Being a Mac or Linux user, you should be aware of the possibility of using Windows programs on your platform via a WINE (Windows Interpretation and Emulator). This WINE program is also free. These programs are platform specific, and they allow you to install theWord program on your machine. It is possible. Continue reading Installing theWord on Mac-Linux-Ubuntu

How to install theWord Modules

OBJECTIVE: To show the user how to install different types of theWord modules into their theWord program.

See also FAQ: I installed a module and it doesn’t show up.

General Install Info

First a little explanation about modules and the theWord program. The theWord program is a program that works with modules which these modules is where the actual information is contained. Each module (Bible, commentary, dictionary, or book) has it’s own format, and absolutely needs the main theWord program to work.

If you compare this Bible program to the Microsoft Word program which many people use daily, we see the way theWord works. First of all, Microsoft Word has its’ own program files which it keeps in the Windows programs folder. Then you open Microsoft Word and “look for a Microsoft Word document”. The Microsoft Word documents can then be read, edited (if allowed), or a new one created.

This is basically how theWord Bible program works, except the way to find an existing file is a little bit different. Here a key important difference is that you cannot create or copy a new file into theWord and it “sees” it like in Microsoft Word. Once you get the new module into the right place, you must close down complete theWord program and restart it anew.

Another key important difference you need to keep in mind is that theWord has special folders where it keeps its modules. You absolutely MUST put a new module in one of these folders or TW will not recognize or “see” it.

Where does TW keep its files?

At this point, we need to recognize that “what is out there” in Internet land is greatly different from one place to another. You will find modules using the TW installer, modules in ZIPped, RAR, or other compressed formats, and even raw TW modules just as the program uses them. How do you install these? In the menu on this page, we will go through each type of installation.

How TW knows what modules are available

Basically theWord scans all of its folders on start up and registers each of the modules it finds there. NOTE: Once running, it will not register any new modules, except those you create from within the program.

When it does this scan of its folders on start-up, it will index all of the modules which were not previously indexed (all new modules specifically, or if you change the name of module while the program wasn’t running). This process can take some time, but it is a one time thing for each module you have. If you download 500MB of modules, don’t think TW will scan all those modules, index every word in each of them, and start the program all in a few seconds. That process takes some time, and that is so that when you search for a word in a module, it will be faster.

Regular TW Installers

This is the best and easier way to install a TW module. You do not need to know anything to install this type of module (ending in *.exe). Just run the exe, and the TW installer will detect where the modules should be put, and it will put them there. If you want to install them to a USB flash drive, or to a Compact TW installation in a folder on your hard drive, then see the last page on this page,”Installing to a Compact setup.”

On my theWord library site, http://www.twmodules.com/ all of the modules are available in official TW installer exe’s so that you do not have to battle with copying the modules into the correct folder.

The only exception for this is the megapacks, which are 2-3 zip compressed files with all of the files for that particular month. The reason why I do not have these as TW installer exe’s is because people who use theWord on MAC and Linux have a lot of problems using the TW installer exes, and they prefer to download a zip, uncompress it, and use the modules that way. It is a laborious process for them to individually work through 100 files in those operating systems (converting them from Windows format to their own operating system formats, or whatever).

If you want to install a whole month’s worth of modules at a time, then this is the way to go.

See also FAQ: I installed a module and it doesn’t show up.

Installing TWmodules.com megapacks

These megapacks are available at


usually one to three months after the month has closed.

After you download the zip file to your computer, you need to decompress the files. Basically, the place to copy them to and decompress them to is

c:\ProgramData\The Word\

Please note that theWord will allow you to modify where these files are kept, so the best way to know where to put them so that theWord can find them after the program starts up is to find where it is looking for its files (in which folders). I have a special post answering the question of how to find these folders.

See also
FAQ: I installed a module and it doesn’t show up.
Where does TW keep its files?

[chapter:Finding your module folders]

In various of these situations you will need to find out where TW keeps its files (in what folders on your hard disk). For that please see this post…

See also
Where does TW keep its files?
FAQ: I installed a module and it doesn’t show up. 

Compressed archives (exe)

Sometimes you will get a module from somewhere that is an exe, but when you run it, it asks you where to install (copy) the file. This is basically not an installed, but rather a compressed archive file made into an exe. For these types of files, you must first find out where you want to install it (what type of theWord installation you have, normal or compact ), and if compact where is it, and then run the exe.

For installing to a Compact TW installation folder, install the modules in that folder.

For installing to a USB Drive, when you are presented with where to copy the module to, chose the USB drive, and then the “TheWord” folder.

“Raw” modules and simple zipped files

When you download a module, or somebody gives you a module, and it ends in the extension *.twm, this is a raw module. It is just as the TheWord program needs it to use it.

First you need to know what type of theWord installation you have, or where you want to put these modules (a normal installation or a compact installation).

From there, if you want to install the modules into a compact installation, then just copy the modules (ending in extension *.twm) into that folder or USB drive (in the TheWord folder).

If you have a typical, normal hard disk installation, then copy your new modules to

c:\ProgramData\The Word\

(This is for Windows 7.) Basically after Windows Vista, Windows has two main program folders,

c:\Program Files\

Within these folders there are subfolders with the name of the particular program whcih is where that program keeps and uses its files. These two folders are maintained by Windows for when you install programs. Note that in Vista and Windows 7 and thereafter, you cannot install any file into the c:\Program Files\ by simply physically copying the files into that folder. The reason is because Windows security will allow you to copy the file there but you cannot run or access the file in any way once there. So DO NOT COPY your modules to c:\Program Files\, but rather to c:\ProgramData\The Word\ which is permitted and where you should copy them.

If you download my TW Megapacks from my site

then you will need to use a compression utility to uncompress the modules (Windows after Vista has this built in), and then physically copy the files to

c:\ProgramData\The Word\

Then you need to shut down theWord (better to do this beforehand) and then restart theWord. Your modules should appear in theWord.

See also
FAQ: I installed a module and it doesn’t show up.

I want to give a module to a friend

The process to do that is to first check that you have the module yourself (find it within theWord). Right click on its title in the module selector bar (or if it is in a folder on that bar, the title of that folder). In the right click menu that appears, select module properties and look down for the module’s physical location on your hard drive (highlighted in yellow in the image below).

From there, note or write now that location. Go to that location (click on the elipse, or three periods after the location in the image above which will open a Windows FIle Explorer on that location). From there you have the file to send to somebody else.

A few notes are in order here.

First, the file is locked by the TheWord application, i.e. you cannot move the file, delete the file, nor change it’s name. You must close down theWord before any of those things become available again. You can open a Window file Explorer, and then go back to theWord and shut it down leaving the Window Explorer open though.

Second, if you are considering send the file to a friend or to somebody, note that if you compress the file using theWord’s own compression function, it will be as small as it can be without having to “decompress” the file on your friend’s computer. How do you compress a module?

See post
How do you compress a module?

A final note, please note that some modules (premium modules that are only obtained legally by paying for them) should not be shared with your friends. Send them a URL link where they can pay for them and download them. For those who wish to pirate or share purchased modules, see the next topic “Premium (purchased) modules”.

Premium (purchased) modules

The bain of these Bible software programs is that they have no respectability among the world. Companies like Christian editorial companies or Bible Societies do not what their material in the format of the free Bible programs (like theWord or e-Sword) because of pirating. Besides that, copying of copyrighted material via putting it in the format of these programs is illegal, and immoral.

In general you should forget about trying to do something like this. Costas has devised a very effective way where in you must register your premium modules, and only the person who purchased the premium module will actually get it working in his computer.

Installing to a Compact setup

When you install (even with a TW installer exe) module to your computer, in general you want it to go to the correct folder on your hard disk which is where TheWord is installed. If you have a Compact setup, that default place is not correct.

In using an official TW installer exe, you will be given an opportunity to install you module(s) to a specific folder instead of where TW normally installs when installed on a hard normally. At that point you will need to know the actual folder of your Compact installation or the drive name if you are using a Flash Memory device (or external hard disk).

How to install TW “normally” on a Windows machine

Objective: To go through the steps to “normally” install TheWord in a typical Windows PC.



For those who are familiar with installing new programs into their Windows computer, this post will probably be very boring for you, so please jump to the bottom about “Making the decision of what kind of install you want.” I am going through each step of finding, downloading, and installing the program for those newbies to computers here. People have asked me to please be explicit, and don’t assume they know much of anything about computers or Windows.

TheWord is a PC-Windows program, and, in general, it is to be used in a Window PC like any other Windows program. Personally, I have run it on a Toshiba 286 with 6MB of RAM using the USB installation on a USB stick, and it ran quite well. I had about 300-400 modules on the USB stick, with a dongle converting a port on the to a USB drive entrance, and I was surprised how well it did work. The program is robust but very clean, so it will work on low hardware machines, with old operating systems uses with just the “penalty” of running slower, which for people using those kinds of machines, is usually acceptable.

I will mention here, and try to make a post later, that theWord has been successfully installed on Linux, and Mac machines using WINE. For those with those kinds of machines, they will probably be familiar with WINE, which is a WIndows emulation program which allows those operating systems to use Windows programs even though they were not written for Linux or Mac.

Ways to Install theWord

There are two basic ways to install the main theWord program, the “normal” install procedure, and a USB installation way. In this present post, we will discuss how to install theWord in the normal way.

What hardware is required for TheWord to run?

Download the Program

You must always download the program from the official website, and nowhere else. Costas is constantly updating the program, and any other place where you download the program from, you risk getting an older version of the program, if not something worse like a virus or a trojan program to infect your machine. So only download from www.theword.net to be sure to get a clean, uninfected, most recent version of the program.

Download from: www.theword.net

Click on “Downloads” and then on the drop-down box, the bar, “The Word”.

You should be presented with this page.

At this point, you would click on the red “Download” square box button. Your download of the program should begin. If your Windows program is a more recent Windows program, i.e. something like Vista, Windows 7, etc. then Windows will download the program (an exe file) to your Windows download folder, otherwise older versions of windows might prompt you where to download the file, and it doesn’t really matter, as long as you know where it is once the download is over.

After you have downloaded the file, and it has finished downloading, you need to run the file. In my Chrome browser that I use on my Windows / operating system, after I download the program, there is a bar at the bottom with the name of the download file.

An option to “run” the file or open the directory where the file is. (For those newbies to Windows, click in the Start box on Windows in the lower left-hand corner, and open the Windows Explorer program,  and once open, navigate to where you saved the downloaded file.

If you are using Windows 7, you can click on the right triangle to open a dialog box and “Open” the file, which will “run it”. Note in the image below, my system is in Spanish, so the options are in Spanish, but in English, the options should be “Open” “Always open this type of file”, “Open destination folder”, “Cancel” or something similar to these options. Choose Open.

Once you “run” or “open” the exe file, you should start seeing dialog boxes for the theWord installer program. With modern Windows programs, you will probably be presented with a permissions dialog box from Windows asking you if it is okay for it to run this file. Click Accept or Okay and proceed. At this point, you will see the following…


Click on Next to continue.

Read the license agreement, and click “I Agree” to continue.

At this point, the installer program will present you with the next dialog box where you must decide which type of installation you want.

Making the decision of what kind of install you want

What are the differences in these two types of installations?

Normal Mode Installation

A normal mode installation will install theWord intoyouru computer and operating system as a “normal” Windows program. Note that this means that it will be copied to the standard Windows program directory, which on my Windows 7 Starter, is “C:/Program Files/The Word” and it will set up the Windows Registry with the correct information, and in the Windows Directory, it will point to its’ user data directory to “C:/Program Data/The Word”.  All of this is done “normally” or “typically” (behind the scenes) without you having to do anything (just like any Windows program you happen to install). If you click this option, this will install the program “normally” into your computer.

For the majority of the people, this is the way you will want to use theWord. Read on, and if you want to use a USB installation, you can always come back to the theWord exe file you downloaded, and re-run it, and install a USB installation without problems,

Compact (single folder) Installation

At times, you may want to have a second installation of the program installed on your computer. For example, I am a missionary, and I teach and preach in Spanish. So I find literally thousands of theWord modules in English, and only a few hundred in Spanish, and if I had them all mixed together, I would have a hard time finding the Spanish modules. (Note: A “module” is a file you make or download from the Internet which is essentially “a book” which you use with theWord program, and for example, it can be the KJV Bible module which is automatically included in the program, a commentary like Barnes Commentary, a dictionary like ISBE, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, or just a religious reference book, like one of Edersheims works, like “The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah”. All of these are modules, which are separate from the program, and you download these modules and install them into the theWord program so that you can see them and search on them from within TheWord.)

The main difference between a Compact mode installation, and a “Normal” installation is that in the Compact mode install, theWord doesn’t install anything “important” into Windows. (By important, theWord may create or use some files in temporary folders like indexing files, but these are not essential to running the program, and if they are lost, the program will just create them anew on the fly as it needs to.) A normal program is going to be installed into the normal Windows program folders (mentioned above), and it will have registries in the Windows Registry to “find the program” and make a standard Windows shortcut on your desktop. In the Start button listing of programs, it will appear. None of this will be done in a compact mode installation.

Why would this be a benefit?

Simply put, a compact mode installation is a little more work. But the benefit is much greater. When you have a typical Windows installation, and you do a backup, you must search all over for your programs, and only cross your fingers and hope that you got everything and reinstalling the program will restore things to “the way they were.” If this is your fear, do a Compact installation, and burn a backup CD with just the Compact mode folder, and you will have everything exactly the way it was when you did the copy-burn of a backup. (Also you can just copy the entire folder over to a USB Flash memory drive, or external harddisk and it works the same way.)

When you run theWord from a Compact Mode folder, everything that Windows needs for the program to run is directly in that folder, and not spread out all over your hard disk in a dozen folders.

There are two benefits here: 1) If you want a second or more instance of the program for other purposes on your hard disk, this is the way to do it, or 2) if you want to install the program onto a USB flash memory drive, and carry the program around with you, this is also the way to do this.

Note: In the dialog box above, you will see an addition checkbox (USB flash drive mode) which will be a completely “clean” installation without any references elsewhere on your computer to the program.

If this mode is what you want, please see my post on this installation mode.

Finishing up the Installation

Once you select the type of installation you want, proceed (click “Next”). TheWord installer program comes with a number of free modules for you to install if you so desire. The installer program will present you with this dialog box for you to choose which modules you want to include.



What this dialog box does is simply present the modules that are included in the installation exe, and you can check the ones you want or unclick the ones you don’t want. Other than occupying space on your hard disk, there is no harm done by installing everything, even if you don’t know what a particular module is about. (Note: Of these resources, you ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE A BIBLE INSTALLED OR THE PROGRAM WILL NOT RUN!. If you don’t want the KJV, install it anyway, and later remove it. The program is a Bible program, and it is not designed to run without a Bible. In fact, if you don’t have any Bible installed, it will bring out of its archives a copy of the KJV so that it can run.)

Of these included modules, the absolute keepers are Mickelson’s enhanced Strongs, ISBE, and TSK (Treasury of Scripture Knowledge). Don’t uncheck these, because they are extremely useful.

What if you don’t install one of these files, and want them later

The only way I know of to get them is to install theWord again in a compact mode installation, and copy the modules from there into you regular theWord folders, then delete the compact installation. A lot of work when just installing them from the begininning is much easier.

The next and final dialog box is an optional “Run theWord (now).”

Note that you will get a few modules automatically in the installer program, but there are a tremendous amount of free modules out there to download and install.

Please visit my theWord module library with thousands of free modules at


At this point, you will also need to study various other posts on this website.

This video is just a normal run through of installing theWord.