theWord Module Management Bloat

theWord Module Management Bloat

theWord Module Management Bloat is a help class on how to manage your theWord when you get too many modules.

Overview of Managing your theWord program and Modules

There are a couple of situations that a typical user might find themselves. One is that he uses theWord as installed into his Windows machine, and he has four or five modules, and that is all. He uses the KJV Bible and doesn’t need anything else installed. For this kind of user, you can stop reading here, because this post is not for you.

Power Users

But there are other users out there, and they “collect modules” like we used to collect comic books and baseball cards as a kid. For these power users, they have every module that they can grab.

N.B,  These kinds of people are used to browsing and downloading regularly every single module that they don’t have. Some of these sites would be,,,,,,,,, etc.

But you are a person who sometimes uses a minor subset of these many, many modules that you download from the above sites, but in no way would open and consult all of them. So when you install a theWord modules into your computer (download the tw module and click on it in the Windows file explorer) theWord is set up to automatically execute it as a program. But  all clicking on a module (ends with twm, nt, ot, or ont and a few other extensions) is that it copies it into the theWord folder and registers it into theWord for the next time that you start the program.

So that is very easy to do. Unfortunately, theWord reads all new files in this process, and it will ask you if you want to install them into your theWord program. 5 or 10 is one thing. But if you download a ton of modules, this could take a long time for tw to scan and index each file. Moreover, in scanning them and putting them into the current Module Layout Set, you can end up with a mess. See image below.

theWord Module Management Bloat
theWord Module Management Bloat

So theWord will put every new module on the modules bar, and if you are adding 50 all 50 will be there, It will not put new modules into folders on this bar which is possible from using the Module Layout Screen (see link above).

So the solution to this is very simple, never accept to automatically add new modules unless you definitely know that it will not find more than a few new modules.


You want to open without adding them to the module menu bar and then click on the green icon at the far left of this module menu bar and go to templates, and add with folders. That will make folders for every letter of the alphabet and any extra characters that tw encounters like (,),%,#,@, etc. Putting links to each module in each folder under its first letter.

Select no on this screen!

Now you need to add them using the Define Modules Layout Sets option,

Module Selector Layout Sets Icon
Module Selector Layout Sets Icon

On the Module Menu Selector Bar, there is a green book icon on the far left. Click on that.

Now at the bottom select Define Module Sets.

Now select module templates and the second one is what you want.

module layout sets template
module layout sets template

Now you need to select “group alphabetically on first letter.”

Not Falling into the Baseball card Mentality

You need to meditate on what you have theWord for in the first place. I would recommend that you focus on your normal use of theWord. Within this “normal use” what things do you use most and least? That is where you need to start. Once you get over a couple hundred modules, you need to start separating them OUTSIDE OF THEWORD! By that, I mean, you need to open Windows File Explorer and move what you don’t use or would never use into another folder.

How theWord stores files on your Windows Machine

You need to understand a few things before you begin. Here, Windows has a few directories in the C: drive where it is installed. Viruses try to get into that directory and its subfolders. So Windows is very picky about you messing around in there. It is hard, and I mean you need a special file explorer program to get into those folders. This is DataApp where there is a theWord folder and that is where theWord might have some modules. To get into there to delete or move folders is very difficult. That is not theWord’s problem but how Windows works. These are security measures that you really don’t want to disable in any way or form.

But this sometimes makes a problem. Especially when theWord finds two modules that are the same book, and they have different twIDs. Short of this is that anything can happen. You can see one, then go somewhere else in another module and thinking you are returning to the module you saw before, and it is not the same. That is what is happening. HINT: Do no click on it in the module menu bar, use the green arrow to backtrack instead.

So windows defaults to installing on the boot drive and calling it C:.

Windows installs the following folders which it claims as its own, and you probably cannot even see these much less mess with them in any way. Again, better not to mess with them.

  • Program Files
  • Program File (86)
  • ProgramData


But theWord will store a few modules in the c:\ProgramData\The Word\Bibles\ and in the c:\ProgramData\The Word\books\ folders. Those are probably frozen for most people and you cannot see nor move nor modify nor delete those modules. Sorry. Write me [email protected] and I will tell you how to get rid of them if you want.

But open theWord, and click on Help Main Menu icon, and About. Then on the tabs on the upper part, click on “File Locations”.

File Locations theWord
File Locations theWord

The important places to look on this screen is the Personal Files Folder (which you can edit these files by copying them, moving new modules there, or deleting what you don’t want from this folder), and the “All used files…” Here you can see every module in this setup or instance of theWord, and you can open a Windows File Explorer with this file or folder selected.

This will help you to get rid of some stuff and find it easily.

Power User Solution

There is a second method, and this is a little “hairy” for some people. What I personally do is use this method.

The short of it is that I don’t open the Windows installed version of theWord. This is what you will open when you go to the Start tab in Windows and click on programs and find theWord and click on it.

I use the USB version of theWord. Install theWord again, and this time choose install to a USB drive, and from there, install it into a folder on your hard drive. I have a C: and D: drives, so on D: I made a “theWord Modules” drive, and installed it there. From there you can copy those files into more theWord folders, and each one will open by clicking on the exe, theWord.exe in each of these folders.

theWord multiple USB folders
theWord multiple USB folders

So you can see I’m a power user and do things a little freaky. But I produce modules, so I have literally about 20-30 theWord installations on my computer, and I am constantly moving modules back and forth and comparing one with another. I need this kind of set up but most users, even power users won’t need this unless they are developing modules and a lot of them.

theWord Module Management Bloat