theWord can be extended with add-on modules that you can download from the official site or from other 3rd party sites. The installation of add-on modules highly depends on the way they are packaged and distributed.
Modules from the official site are distributed as .exe files (executables). In order to install them you just need to download the module .exe file and double click to run it. An installer will then guide you through the installation of the module.
TIP: Be careful that in order for the automated installer to work properly, a normal or compact installation of theWord is required.
If you have more than one installations of theWord on your PC, or if you want to install a module in a USB flash drive, this method may fail, unless you manually specify during module installation that path where theWord software resides (e.g. the path of the file theword.exe).
TIP: Problems with Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware programs may arise when you try to run an .exe file that is downloaded from theWord. This is because some of these programs will incorrectly report that there might be a problem with the .exe file you downloaded. In that case you can use the integrated Installation function of theWord to install the modules (read below).
Integrated Installation Function
theWord provides an integrated installation function that allows you to easily install modules you download without having to explicitly running installers or un-packing compressed files or worry about file locations and paths. You can access the dialog from the menu -> :
To install a module just drag-n-drop the files you downloaded onto this window (or click the button on the top to select them) and click the button.
This method of installation provides several advantages:
|•||You can drag many different kind of files, including the official .exe files you download from theWord site, all kind of archives (.zip, .7z, .rar, etc) and all kind of modules files (.ont, .twm, etc). |
|•||You can automate the installation of multiple files in one step. For example, you can download 10 modules from the official site and drag them all in this dialog to be installed. For archives that contains multiple modules, the same will apply.|
|•||You don't need to run .exe files and run in any problems with Anti-Virus programs.|
|•||You don't need to specify the location where the modules should be installed. If you have multiple installations of theWord on your PC, you can install the modules in the correct installation because you can do that from within theWord installation that you want.|
The integrated installer will also handle archives with a password: if an archive has been password protected, a dialog will appear to prompt you for it.
TIP: If you have downloaded an uncompressed module file (e.g. .ont, .twm, etc file), then double-clicking on it will popup this dialog and allow you to install it.
Archives with modules - the .twzip extension
Archive files with the extension .twzip can be used to easily install modules you may download.
These are standard archive files (can be zip files, 7z files, etc) but their extensions has been changed to .twzip. theWord associates .twzip files with itself and so you can just install these files by double-clicking on them.
TIP: Notice that if you want to install a .twzip file on a USB Flash drive, then theWord must be running before you double click on the .twzip file (obviously you should be running theWord from the USB Flash drive).