How to Use the Skyrim Creation Kit
At long last, Bethesda released the Skyrim Creation Kit, allowing modders to finally sink their teeth into the latest installment of one of gaming’s most moddable franchises.
This How-To guide will help orient newcomers to the Creation Kit and get them started on the path to creating mods that will be enjoyed by thousands. If you’re a console player, then I hate to break it to you, but the Creation Kit is only available for the PC version of Skyrim, via Steam.
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Installation & Configuration
In order to install the Creation Kit, you’ll need a copy of Skyrim registered through Steam. Load up Steam, navigate to your Library, then select TOOLS from the dropdown by the Search bar. Locate the Creation Kit in the list; you should see something like the following:
Right-click the Creation Kit and select “Install.” After a quick ~40 MB download, you can run the program.
After opening the Creation Kit, you’ll need to load the Skyrim Master File. Do this by clicking File, then Data, and double-clicking Skyrim.esm. Once it’s checked, as in the image below, click “OK,” and you’re ready to start modding.
When you’re ready to make your first mod, begin by creating the file you’ll work with. Click File, then Save, and name your mod. To load a mod you’ve created, boot up the Skyrim Launcher, click “Data,” and double-click your mod. Run Skyrim, and your mod will be enabled.