The Main Interface
The toolbar provides access to LOOT’s main features: selecting a game, sorting plugins and updating the masterlist. These features get disabled while the metadata editor is open, so if you’re trying to use an option that is faded out, first close the editor.
Masterlist Update & Sorting
The masterlist update process updates the active game’s masterlist to the latest revision at the location given by the game’s masterlist repository settings.
By default, sorting first updates the masterlist. LOOT then calculates a load order for your plugins, using their internal data and any metadata they may have. If a cyclic interaction is detected (eg. A depends on B depends on A), then sorting will fail.
Once LOOT has calculated a load order, it is compared with the current load order. If the current and calculated load orders are identical, LOOT will inform you that no changes were made via a status bar notification. If the calculated load order contains changes, the plugin cards are sorted into that order and the masterlist update and sorting buttons are replaced with Apply Sorted Load Order and Discard Sorted Load Order buttons, which apply and discard the calculated load order respectively. Changing games is disabled until the calculated load order is applied or discarded.
LOOT is able to sort plugins ghosted by Wrye Bash, and can extract Bash Tags and version numbers from plugin descriptions. Provided that they have the
Filter Bash Tag present in their description, LOOT can recognise filter patches and so avoid displaying unnecessary error messages for any of their masters that may be missing.
Any errors encountered during sorting or masterlist update will be displayed on the “General Information” card.
Load Order Backups
Before a sorted load order is applied, LOOT saves a backup of the current load order as a
loadorder.bak.0 text file in LOOT’s data folder for the current game. Up to three load order backups are retained:
loadorder.bak.0 is the backup from the most recent load order change,
loadorder.bak.1 is the second-most recent backup, and
loadorder.bak.2 is the third-most recent backup.
Clicking the Filters section header in the sidebar will replace the sidebar’s plugin list with a list of filter toggles that can be applied to hide various combinations of plugins and other content. The available filter toggles are:
- Hide version numbers
Hides the version numbers displayed in blue next to those plugins that provide them.
- Hide CRCs
Hides the CRCs displayed in orange next to those plugins that provide them.
- Hide Bash Tags
Hides all Bash Tag suggestions.
- Hide Sources
Hides all plugin sources.
- Hide notes
Hides all plugin messages that have the Note: prefix, or the equivalent text for the language selected in LOOT’s settings.
- Hide official plugins’ cleaning messages
Hides all plugin cleaning messages for the current game’s official plugins.
- Hide all plugin messages
Hides all plugin messages.
- Hide inactive plugins
Hides all plugins that are inactive.
- Hide messageless plugins
Hides all plugins that have no visible messages.
- Hide Creation Club plugins
Hides all plugins that are available through Bethesda’s Creation Club.
- Show only warnings and errors
Combines the Bash Tags, sources, notes and messageless plugins filters. Enabling it enables those other filters, and disabling any of those other filters will also disable it.
The filter toggles have their states saved on quitting LOOT, and they are restored when LOOT is next launched. There are also three other filters in the sidebar tab:
- Show only overlapping plugins for
This filters the plugin cards displayed so that only plugins which modify the same game data records with this plugin will be visible. If this plugin loads an archive, other plugins that load archives which contain resources with the same file paths are also displayed. Sorting with the overlap filter active will first deactivate it.
- Show only plugins in group
This filters the plugin cards displayed so that only plugins in the selected group will be visible.
- Show only plugins with cards that contain
This hides any plugins that don’t have the filter input value present in any of the text on their cards.
The “Use regular expression” checkbox controls whether the input value is interpreted as text or as a regular expression. If ticked and the input value is not a valid regular expression, a tooltip detailing the issue will be displayed and the card content filter will be ignored.