A common problem with new users to the Creation Kit is when they load it up and don’t see any assets inside – the most crucial step before you start modding is loading the Skyrim assets.
Nothing shows up in my objects window or in my cell window on the Creation Kit! What do I do!
Don’t panick! It’s a simple step that you need to take each time you start the Skyrim Creation Kit so that all the worlds assets load.
Before you have access to any files, you need to load the Skyrim game data. Go to File -> Data
Check off Skyrim.esm – this will load all the data from Skyrim (characters, assets, etc) – Hit Okay
Bam! Easy enough, now you can start modding Skyrim! In the future after you save your mod, you will still need to load Skyrim.esm data along with your mod data.