Okay, I am having issues installing mods BOTH with forge and manually.
FORGE: I downloaded the 1.10.2 version of Forge, installed it. There is a mods folder both in appdata/.minecraft and in Program Files / Minecraft so I copied the mods to BOTH mods folders. I opened the launcher, run with forge profile, open the game, and there is no mods button. I don't have an older forge installed. I cannot figure this out.
So then I tried manual install.
I created a 1.10.2mod folder copying the original, went inside and changed the jar and json file to 1.10.2mod, opened json and replaced all instances of 1.10.2 to 1.10.2mod as the instructions said to do. I then opened the 1.10.2mod.jar file with winzip, deleted the META-INF folder, opened the mod jar, copied everything into the 1.10.2mod.jar file, saved, closed, and ran minecraft. I edited my main profile to use the new 1.10.2mod version, pushed play, created a new world, started, loaded, and the mod is not there.
I am getting really frustrated now because I've looked at several different instructions on how to either A)Install with Forge, or B)Install manually, and NEITHER seem to work.
So if someone could help me out and maybe tell me what I did wrong, and maybe give me / point me to a step by step PROPER instruction post on how to actually install the mod(s) I would be much obliged.