User module files are stored in your Windows documents folder. The exact name of this folder depends on your Windows configuration, but is usually Documents\SwordSearcher User Modules. Backing up and restoring user modules is as simple as copying all of the files in this directory.
If you have backup software, this folder will probably be backed up automatically. Just make sure the folder is included in your backup routine, and you should be able to restore your user modules at a later time.
When you delete a user module with one of the delete functions on the User menu, the module file is moved to the Windows recycle bin. If you delete a user module in error, close SwordSearcher, then use the recycle bin's restore function. The file name is your module's abbreviation and "ss5book" or "ss5cmty."
User modules that contain images added in the editor will also have an "assets folder" in this location, where local copies of the images are stored. Do not remove or rename assets folders. If you want to rename or delete a module, use the appropriate function on the User main menu.
Advanced users who want more control over user module file storage can add additional Module File Locations in Preferences or even remove the default location.
It's very easy to share your user modules with other SwordSearcher users. All you need to give them is your user module file from My Documents\SwordSearcher User Modules. For example, if your user commentary is called Stan's Notes and the short (abbreviation) title is Stan, you would find
Documents\SwordSearcher User Modules\Stan.ss5cmty
and send a copy of it to another SwordSearcher user. If your module contains images added in the editor, you also need to include the associated Assets folder.
Tip: you can use the zip function of the Advanced User Module Maintenance window to quickly zip up a user module for sharing, including any necessary assets (image) files.
To install someone else's user module on your system, make sure SwordSearcher is closed, and put it into your own user modules folder, like the above. If the module was in a zip file, you need to extract the files from the zip file here.
If you are intending to share your user modules with other users, it is important to use a unique title, especially the abbreviation. Using MyNotes is a bad idea, because many others will already have a file with that title. Also, if you are installing someone else's module, make sure you do not accidentally erase one of your own if it has the same name.
No warranty or support can be provided for third-party modules. The publishers of SwordSearcher have no control over what content users may share. You download and use third-party content at your own risk.
If you have made your own content available online and would like to tell others about it, feel free to announce it on the SwordSearcher User Forums.
SwordSearcher 8.x is backwards-compatible with 7.x, 6.x and 5.x user module files, with the following exception: SwordSearcher 6.0 and later fully supports Unicode text in user-created modules. If you create or edit a user module and use any non-ASCII text, the resulting module file will not display properly in versions prior to 6.0.