Add-Ons Guide

Many of the interface features in the World of Warcraft game client can be completely customized to your liking by the use of add-ons. There are add-ons that simply make everything look different, others help you perform different tasks easier such as tracking your quests, feeding your pets, helping you keep track of herbs, chest, mines you have discovered, etc. The advantages of using such add-ons are numerous and almost every player that is serious about this game has their favorite interface customizations. In this section you will find guides and useful tips on using such additions to your game client.

Remember that you should never open add-ons you download from other sites that are in the form of executable files, those might and probably do contain keyloggers designed to record your account information which includes your password!

In order to follow this guide with no problems you will need to install a simple addon to your World of Warcraft client. A lot of people use it and what it does is that it shows coordinates essential for locating anything in the game whenever you are at a loss. Believe it or not, there are these quests which are not exactly pointing you in the right direction or are misleading in some way, resulting in countless hours spent wondering around in search of the right place to go. Well, maybe not hours but you get the point. Time is money and we have to make sure we are as efficient as possible. Just because you go to work or school every day, it doesn't mean you can't keep up with your friends who level up like crazy. In order to be successful in World of Warcraft all you need is some common sense. Know where North, South, West and East are on a map and you’ll be fine. Beware! It gets tricky when they add in those south-east thingies. Enough fooling around. It is time to move on with the guide.

The addon you need is called CT_Mod. It’s a compilation of addons which add extra functionality to your game client. It comes in handy and is easy to use. The site to get it from is CTMod.net. When you go on there click the downloads link in the left column of the page and select the Basic download. It contains just enough supplies for your current needs, especially if you are a new player. Later on you can come back and get the full version. This is one of the best and most useful user-created addons out there.

The first time you log in to the game you might want to configure some things. Press ESC on your keyboard and go to the Interface Options. Now look around and enable Buff Duration and anything else you might want to have such as Auto-Casting (lets you cast beneficial spells on yourself without losing your current target and Enemy Castbar (shows a cast bar when enemies are trying to cast spells, convenient for when you have any means to interrupt those spells). Those configs are only available when you are logged in with a character.

[edit] Step-by-Step Guide


Installing and using addons is very easy once you get familiar with doing it. Here is a step by step guide on how to install the CT_Mod addon. If you can do this, you can install any other addon. Not to mention you’ll need it in order to follow this guide easily.

    1. Go to the folder where you installed World of Warcraft. You can access your Hard Disk partitions (some people only have one partition C:\) from My Computer. Once you find the folder (could be something like D:\World of Warcraft), locate the Interface directory. There should be one inside. Open it and if there is no AddOns folder, create one by right-clicking anywhere within the Interface folder, selecting New >> Folder. Name it “Addons” or it won’t work. There should be one already anyway, so you don’t have to worry. I described how to do it just in case.
    2. Now that you know where your Addons directory is, you are ready to get some of those useful tools.
    3. Now go to http://www.ctmod.netCTMod.net and get the addon from there. I described which package you need at the beginning of this guide but it doesn’t matter that much. Any will do as long as it has the map addon in it.
    4. It will most probably be archived, so use WinRar or a similar tool to extract it somewhere, doesn’t matter where as long as you can easily find it. If you have no program to extract the archive with get it from http://www.rarlab.com/. Right-click the archived file and click Extract Here.
    5. Get the folders that you extracted, copy it or better yet use Cut (Ctrl + X) and then paste it in the Addons folder.
    6. Open up WoW. If it was previously running close it and open it again, otherwise it won’t load the new addons.
    7. Log in to your account. Select a realm if you haven’t done so. Now take a look at the left corner at the bottom. There should be a button called Addons. Make sure CT_Core and CT_Mapmod are enabled. To enable an addon you must check the box which is right beside it. Once you are done making changes click the Okay button. We need CT_Core for the entire package to work and CT_Mapmod is the one that shows the coordinates (your precise location in numbers) on the map. If you got the full package you will have some more addons. You might want to disable CT_Buffmod, CT_Bar and CT_Bottombar, you won’t need them for now and they will just take up extra space on your screen. They don’t look that pretty as well, so no reason to use them. There are plenty of other addons that will make your gaming experience pleasant and full of colors but those are not the ones you need ;) If you want leave CT_Buffmod enabled, I would disable it though. The client itself has sufficient tools when it comes to displaying buffs and debuffs currently cast on you.

To install the CT_Mod addon. If you can do this, you can install any other addon. Not to mention you’ll need it in order to follow this guide easily. 1. Go to the folder where you installed World of Warcraft. You can access your Hard Disk partitions (some people only have one partition C:\) from My Computer. Once you find the folder (could be something like D:\World of Warcraft), locate the Interface directory. There should be one inside. Open it and if there is no AddOns folder, create one by right-clicking anywhere within the Interface folder, selecting New >> Folder. Name it “Addons” or it won’t work. There should be one already anyway, so you don’t have to worry. I described how to do it just in case. 2. Now that you know where your Addons directory is, you are ready to get some of those useful tools. 3. Now go to CTMod.net and get the addon from there. I described which package you need at the beginning of this guide but it doesn’t matter that much. Any will do as long as it has the map addon in it. 4. It will most probably be archived, so use WinRar or a similar tool to extract it somewhere, doesn’t matter where as long as you can easily find it. If you have no program to extract the archive with get it from Rarlab.com. Right-click the archived file and click “Extract Here”. 5. Get the folders that you extracted, copy it or better yet use Cut (Ctrl + X) and then paste it in the Addons folder. 6. Open up WoW. If it was previously running close it and open it again, otherwise it won’t load the new addons. 7. Log in to your account. Select a realm if you haven’t done so. Now take a look at the left corner at the bottom. There should be a button called “Addons”. Make sure CT_Core and CT_Mapmod are enabled. To enable an addon you must check the box which is right beside it. Once you are done making changes click the Okay button. We need CT_Core for the entire package to work and CT_Mapmod is the one that shows the coordinates (your precise location in numbers) on the map. If you got the full package you will have some more addons. You might want to disable CT_Buffmod, CT_Bar and CT_Bottombar, you won’t need them for now and they will just take up extra space on your screen. They don’t look that pretty as well, so no reason to use them. There are plenty of other addons that will make your gaming experience pleasant and full of colors but those are not the ones you need ;) If you want leave CT_Buffmod enabled, I would disable it though. The client itself has sufficient tools when it comes to displaying buffs and debuffs currently cast on you.

Last edited by Fluroclad on 12 July 2010 at 10:41
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