theWord software uses an installer to automatically install itself on your computer. You can start the installer by double-clicking on the installer exe (typically, the installer file name is theword-setup-en.exe, but it may be slightly different depending on the package you have downloaded or whether you install it from a CD/DVD).
Once you start the installation, just follow the on-screen instructions.
theWord is compatible with Windows 9x, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, both 32bit and 64bit versions. The default installation folder is c:\Program Files\The Word, or c:\Program Files (x86)\The Word for 64bit operating systems.
Installing add-on modules
Updating from previous versions
You can install a newer version of theWord over a previous one if you want to upgrade. All your personal settings are safely preserved. If you upgrade from version 2, some settings may not be properly migrated, but all your notes will still be migrated. You can import at a later time notes that you created with version 2 from the File->Import personal notes... dialog.
There are basically two installation types: normal installation and compact installation. These can be selected during installation from the installer (the UFD -USB Flash Drive- installation is a sub-type of the compact installation that allows you to create completely portable installations).
In a normal installation, the files used by theWord are spread to several folders according to the official Microsoft recommendations (see Files used by theWord for details). In a compact installation, all files used by theWord reside in the folder (and sub-folders) where you installed the software.
A UFD installation is identical to a compact installation, except that no registry settings are written during the installation and no uninstaller is created, since it is not needed; you can completely remove theWord in that case by deleting the installation folder.
There are no differences between a normal and a compact installation apart from the file locations. What makes an installation compact is the existence of a file with the name compact in the same folder as the main executable file (theword.exe). If this file is present, then theWord runs in compact mode. You can check the mode the software is running from the About dialog (Help->About), File Locations tab: If running in compact mode, there is a message on the upper-right corner reading running in compact mode:
Appears if The Word is running in compact mode
By default, when running in compact mode, theWord will not use any modules that reside outside the program's installation folder. You can change this option from the File->Preferences dialog, General tab, Other options section (When running in compact mode, use also all modules installed in target computer option).
USB Flash Drive (UFD) installation
The only difference in that case is that no registry settings are written when you install the software. In general, theWord makes minimal use of the registry. Among the few settings written in the registry, one is the location where theWord is installed: in a UFD installation even this information is omitted; practically nothing is written to any folder in your computer, except from files in the installation folder!
Installing a portable version of theWord by yourself
You can install a portable version of theWord on a USB flash drive, or in any folder you wish. Just follow these steps:
To run the program, open from your windows explorer the USB flash drive and double-click on the theword.exe file. Remember that you should not pull the USB flash drive from the PC while the program is running or you will lose unsaved data.
Multiple installations of theWord
You can safely install theWord more than once in a single computer. The only thing you should be careful (in order to avoid confusion) is that you should do at most one normal installation. It is advised that in that case you should choose to make the next installations in Compact/UFD mode. If you do so, each installation will be totally independent of the other.
theWord is translated in several languages. The standard installation of theWord includes all available languages. You may choose to install these or you can later install add-on language packs that you can download from the official site. Each language is normally distributed as a self-installing package so you only need to download and execute the appropriate add-on.
To change the current language theWord is using go to File->Languages. Notice that the current language impacts the way that automatic verse recognition occurs!
You can fully uninstall theWord software from your computer in 2 ways:
The uninstaller is well designed so that no trace or garbage is left over; moreover, upon uninstalling, you have the option to keep all your personal files created from within theWord.
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