Installing theWord

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.

TIP: Notice that although theWord may be installed under the Program Files folder, the actual modules will not, and should not, be installed in this folder. If you install modules in that folder, then theWord will not be able to use them because these folder are read-only in normal windows installations.

Be careful if you download modules from a 3rd party site that use installers to put the modules under the Program Files folder: they will not work!


Installing add-on modules

Read the Installing new modules topic to see how you can add more modules in theWord. See also the file associations section for information on the extensions that theWord associated with itself.

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.

Installation types: Normal, Compact, UFD

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<br>

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).

TIP: You can change the installation type of theWord at any moment by creating/deleting an empty file with the name compact at the same folder where the main executable file (theword.exe) resides -normally under c:\Program Files\The Word.

If you change the installation mode like that, then the next time theWord starts, it will read its settings from the config.ini file appropriate for the installation - see Files used by theWord for details.

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:

Download the software (any package) along with any add-on modules you want. if you have already downloaded and installed on your PC, you don't need to re-download. Use the same installer.
Run theWord installer. Wait for it to start.
1.On the welcome screen, click Next.
2.Please, read carefully the License Agreement and click I Agree if you fully agree with it.
3.On the 3rd screen of the installer (Installation type) select Compact (Single folder) and also check the USB flash drive mode option. Click Next.
4.From the next screen (Choose components) select the modules you want installed on your USB flash drive. Click Next.
5.Make sure the USB flash drive is inserted in a USB slot of your PC. From the next screen (Choose install location) click Browse and select the drive letter of the USB flash drive
6.Click Install and wait until the installer finishes. That's it!

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.

TIP: Please, consider making a donation and get a pre-loaded USB flash drive as a gift! Although you can do it yourself, if you have found theWord useful please consider the possibility of a donation to help support it! You can read more on the official site at

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!

Uninstalling theWord

You can fully uninstall theWord software from your computer in 2 ways:

1.From the theWord program group that is created during installation (can be found on your Windows program menu), click uninstall
2.From the Control Panel, click Add or Remove programs, locate the entry for theWord and click uninstall.
3.For a compact/UFD installation, you can just delete the installation folder and everything will be deleted (in case of a compact installation, remember to delete the 2 registry keys manually: check the Files used by theWord section for those; for UFD installation nothing else is required).

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.

  ©2003-2012 Costas Stergiou
manual version: 4.0.1327