Installation of Oxford WordSmith Tools

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Installation and Updating > installing WordSmith Tools

You will need under 30 Mb of space on your hard disk for the programs, but during installation you will need double that. (Anyway Windows won't run well without at least 200Mb spare.)


1.You have received or downloaded one or more .exe files. Put them in a temporary folder, e.g. c:\temp. It's easiest if this is a clean folder without any other files in it.
2.Run them. This will expand all the files needed for Oxford WordSmith Tools into the folder of your choice (c:\wsmith4 by default).
3.Now run c:\wsmith4\wordsmith.exe to get started. You will be asked to "update from demo". Otherwise WordSmith will go through its paces as a Demonstration Version.
4.If you're short of disk space, you can delete the .exe files in c:\temp.



To update your demo version, visit for details of suppliers.


Upon receipt of the registration code, run Oxford WordSmith Tools. If you have only just installed the updater will start up automatically. If not you can run c:\wsmith4\updater.exe.



Everything must correspond exactly to what you were given when you purchased.

Paste in your Name as specified in your purchase email or screen and (if there are any in the registration) Other Details, and paste in the code.


This name appears in the main window and whenever you access the About menu option (F9). Your software will then be fully enabled, and the Update from Demo menu option will disappear. (The updater.exe program will still be there in your \wsmith4 folder, and can be used if you ever need to re-register.)


For Use on Network: check this if you are installing on a network drive and plan for users to access it from other PCs connected to the network. This can only be done if your licence permits it (not a single user licence).

Put an Icon on Desktop: check this if you want an icon for WordSmith on your desktop so you can access it easily.

Associate WordSmith files with Program: check this if you want your PC to know how to open files created with Oxford WordSmith Tools. (A .cnc file is to be opened using Concord, a .lst file with WordList, etc.) You may need Administrator rights to do this.


If you make a mistake and your registration fails, you can try again. If your registration succeeds but you decide to change the "any other details", run updater.exe, which you'll find in your \wsmith4 folder.


You can get a more recent version at the WordSmith home page.


To un-install, just delete all the files in your \wsmith4 folder.


See also: Setting default options, Contact Addresses, File types.