Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) Tips
This NMM is a utility program that you install on your computer, which makes it much
easier to manage mods. Mods that may be easy to install
can often be very difficult to remove, and this is where the NMM really
Warning! If you use
the NMM to download and automatically install mods posted on the
Skyrim Nexus site, make sure that the the mod has been
packaged for the NMM. The problem is that many mods are not packaged
correctly, or there are optional files that you can download (that you
will likely miss). I examine
all the mods that I download before using the NMM to install them (by
viewing the archive before activating it).
This is how I manage my own mods and use the
1.) I always open the mod's
archive file and make sure that it
is packaged correctly. If the download contains optional files (in
non-standard format), such as an Optional directory, I remove those
files (and if I plan to use them, I zip them into separate archives).
Then I rezip the remaining files into an archive.
2.) Then I move the new archives into my Skyrim Mods Download folder
(which is a new folder that I created)
3.) Then I use the NMM to install the mod (by pointing it to the mod in my Skyrim Mods
Download folder), and to later uninstall it (if and when I decide to do
This takes a bit more effort, but I know exactly what I am
installing, and I rarely miss any optional files.
Arwen Note: Even when the mod's author states that their mod has been
packaged for the NMM, you should still open the archive and take a
look at it (and read its ReadMe) before activating it.
The NMM and the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE):
If you have mods that requite the
Extender, you can no
longer just use the NMM's "Launch Skyrim" button to start Skyrim.
If you do that, then the SKSE will not run, and any mods that require it
will not work correctly.
What you have to do is:
1.) click on NMM's "Settings" (the gears icon at the top)
2.) click on the "Skyrim" tab
3.) In the "Custom Launch Command" section (near the bottom), find the
box the is right after the "Command:" text, and
4.) Put the following text in that box:
5.) Then click on the "OK" button, and close the NMM (as you have to
restart it for your changes to take effect)..
6.) Restart the NMM and use the little pull down arrow, which is just to
the right of
th "Launch Skyrim"
button, to select "Launch Custom Skyrim"
Then you will be able to just click on the
"Launch Custom Skyrim"
button to launch Skyrim, along with the SKSE.