I'm trying to get Optifine to work with Forge. I know Optifine can run without Forge but I'm hoping to try other mods as well. I'm complete newbie when it comes to Java edition and mods. With that said, I've done the following:
I've installed the latest official minecraft launcher (ver 2.1.11312).
Installed Minecraft 1.14.4 through the launcher, launched it and opened a new world.
I downloaded OptiFine 1.14.4 HD U F5. According to the changelog it says it's compatible with Forge 28.1.56.
So I downloaded and installed that version (both minecraft 1.14.4 and Forge 28.1.56 are installed to the default .minecraft folder).
I placed the OptiFine_1.14.4_HD_U_F5.jar inside the 'mods' folder inside the .minecraft folder.
I launched Forge-1.14.4-28.1.56 through the Minecraft Launcher but it doesn't see Optifine, it just loads the 2 default mods. Clicking the mods button brings up the following window. The configure button is always greyed out for both default mods (not sure if that's normal as never done this before).
I've also tried OptiFine 1.14.4 HD U F4 - that didn't work either.