UPDATE. These are the exact instructions I got for installing my cartographer from Curse. (I copied and pasted them) I tried to do the auto install..my computer won't let it. So I have to do it manually
Manual Addon Installation Guide
Step 1: Locate Your World of Warcraft Interface Folder
* Right click on your WoW launch/shortcut icon on your desktop or in your start menu and select "Properties".
* Click the "Open File Location" button and it will open the your WoW installation folder.
* Double click on the "Interface" folder.
Step 2: Unzip Your Addon Folder
* Unzipping your .zip file may vary from machine to machine, but double-clicking the .zip file or right-clicking the .zip file and selecting "Extract All..." should work.
Step 3: Move the Addon Folder to Your World of Warcraft Interface Folder
* Move the addon folder into the interface folder you opened in Step 1.
Step 4: Make Sure the Addon is Loaded
* At your character selection screen, after you select your character but BEFORE you hit the "Enter World" button, click on the "Addons" button in the lower left corner.
* Make sure that the box next to the addon's name is checked, and that you have the "Load out of date AddOns" button checked in the upper right hand corner.
I do exactly as it says. And I can't get it to work or add it. I'm not getting any error messages or anything. Can anyone help? Am I maybe overlooking something?
I have been using an out of date cartographer for abouut 2 years. I have been clicking "Load Out Of Date Addons" and it has always worked. But recently, it won't. So I decided to just download a new one. Everyone I have talked to has told me to go to WoW Curse. So I did. I downloaded a new cartographer and followed the installation instructions it gave me, but it will not add it. I can't figure out why. Do you have any advice? No one in the game seems to know what to do. Thank you for your time
The instructions seem to have overlooked an important step.
Add another folder inside the interface folder named "Addons".
Each new addon gets placed in this folder, not the interface folder.
(e.g. Place the "Cartographer" folder in the "Addons" folder)
I have no clue where you got those instructions above, but... These are the Install instructions located on every addon's download page:
Exit "World of Warcraft" completely
Download the mod you want to install
Make a folder on your desktop called "My Mods"
Save the .zip/.rar files to this folder.
If, when you try to download the file, it automatically "opens" it... you need to RIGHT click on the link and "save as..." or "Save Target As".
Extract the file - commonly known as 'unzipping'
Do this ONE FILE AT A TIME!
Windows XP has a built in ZIP extractor. Double click on the file to open it, inside should be the file or folders needed. Copy these outside to the "My Mods" folder.
WinRAR: Right click the file, select "Extract Here"
WinZip: You MUST make sure the option to "Use Folder Names" is CHECKED or it will just extract the files and not make the proper folders how the Authors designed
StuffitExpander: Double click the archive to extract it to a folder in the current directory.
Verify your WoW Installation Path
That is where you are running WoW from and THAT is where you need to install your mods.
Move to the Addon folder
Open your World of Warcraft folder. (default is C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\)
Go into the "Interface" folder.
Go into the "AddOns" folder.
In a new window, open the "My Mods" folder.
The "My Mods" folder should have the "Addonname" folder in it.
Move the "Addonname" folder into the "AddOns" folder
Start World of Warcraft
Make sure AddOns are installed
At the Character Select screen, look in lower left corner for the "addons" button.
If button is there: make sure all the mods you installed are listed and make sure "load out of date addons" is checked.
If the button is NOT there: means you did not install the addons properly. Look at the above screenshots. Try repeating the steps or getting someone who knows more about computers than you do to help.
When you download a mod, please be sure that the mod is compatible with your translation of wow. Some mods only work on the US versions, while some only work on some of the various European versions. These variations are called "Localizations". TOC Numbers (Out of Date Mods)
When Blizzard patches WoW, they change the Interface number. This means that all mods will be "out of date" unless or until the author releases a new version for that interface. Some people go into the .toc files and update the numbers themselves, but this is STRONGLY advised against as it will cause problems locating possible incompatibilities addons. When you log into WoW after a patch, you DO NOT have to delete your interface directory. All you have to do is simply tell WoW to ignore the interface numbers and load all the mods anyway. All you have to do is, while at the "character select" screen, look in the lower left corner and click on the "addons" button. A window will pop up listing all your installed mods.
If you look in the upper left corner of that window there should be a box that says "Load Out of Date AddOns". You want to CHECK this box. Now simply go into WoW normally and all your mods should load. As of the 1.9 patch, you will have to do this after EVERY patch/update that Blizzard posts! If you encounter any problems with a mod after a patch, please be sure to let the author of the mod know so they can fix it.
See also: About "Out Of Date AddOns" Mac Support
WoW addons are not platformed based. As such, they can be used on either Mac or PC. You can extract both .zip and .rar files on a Mac using StuffitExpander. Directory Structure
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