Module File Locations

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Module File Locations

Select the File menu and click Preferences. Select the Module File Locations page.


See also User Module Storage and Sharing.


You may add additional folder paths for SwordSearcher to use for loading library modules and for user-created module storage.


By default, SwordSearcher creates a SwordSearcher User Modules folder in your Windows user Documents folder. For most users this is perfectly adequate and there should be no need to change these settings. This is the location SwordSearcher places newly created user books and commentaries and is where the Bible highlighting data is stored.


Advanced users can add additional locations for SwordSearcher to look for modules at start-up and even disable the creation of the default user module folder, and can move the Bible highlighting data to another location.


For example, you may wish to use a Windows OneDrive folder instead, so that you can synchronize your user modules or Bible highlighting data between multiple computers. Or, you might want to put your user modules on a removable flash drive.


Files must be available offline. SwordSearcher can't work with files that are not synced to your hard drive or are only visible as "placeholders."


Be careful when adding non-fixed drive folders. If you use a removable device such as a thumb drive or removable hard drive, never remove the device when SwordSearcher is running. Also, adding non-local folders, such as a local area network shared folder, can adversely impact SwordSearcher start-up time and greatly slow down SwordSearcher, especially if you are connected via WiFi or a wired network with less than gigabit speeds.  Doing so is not recommended.


Never edit a user module from a cloud storage location when it could be open on more than one computer.  While you can use cloud file mirroring services like OneDrive to store user modules, you should never try to edit a module while it could be open on another PC at the same time.  If you do, the cloud service may create duplicate module files that cannot be reconciled later. There is no way to merge conflicting changes between duplicated module files. Do not do this!


SwordSearcher does not look into "subfolders" of the folders you select, so be sure to select folders that contain modules, not folders of folders.


When there are multiple module file locations added, the Create New Commentary and Create New Book functions will have an additional option to select which folder the module should be created in.