Installation guide Endnote MAC - Employees

This guide is targeted employees at SDU.  


  1. Close all Office programs: Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, etc.
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    If you are new to EndNote, go to step 3. 
    If you have an earlier version of EndNote (X7or X8), this must be removed first. Note that previous preferences such as settings for Find Full Text, Journal Term lists, personal modified styles, etc.  will be lost, and must be configured again. Please follow from step 2.


  3. Find the obsolete EndNote version under your Applications and remove it to trash. This will not affect your library.

  4. Open via Finder the Mac SDU Software Center.

  5. Find and install Endnote X9.

  6. Now you can find EndNote X9 in your list of programs. Open the EndNote X9 program and run any updates. 

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    Long time Endnote users can now open their previous Endnote Library. Remember to sync up to your EndnoteWeb account.


  8. When EndNote opens, you will see this box, where you can set up an Endnote Web account.

    This is a good idea in order for you to have a synchronized cloud based backup version of your library. Follow the wizard and remember your Endnote password. Once your library is synced, you can always login to your library at
  9. Endnote in Mac creates a library automatically for you, when installing the program. It is called My EndNote Library.enl, and it is placed in the folder "Documents" together with a data-folder called My EndNote Library.Data

    NOTE of advice!
    • Library and data-folder work as a pair, and must be placed together locally on your computer's hard disk. Don't save the files on any shared services such as iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive etc. as it may corrupt the library over time.
    • Don't place the library in the data-folder.
    • It is a good idea to rename both library and Data-folder to something personal, eg. Yourname.enl and Yourname.Data. It will make it easier to find and easier to share.

    You can now open your library from the folder, where it is placed - or via the program.

  10. Open Word and check if you can see a new Endnote X9 tab. If you don't see the Endnote X9 tab, you can try the following:
    • Close word
    • Open EndNote X9
    • In the tab "EndNote X9", find and run the "Customizer-wizard"
    • Make sure that "Cite while you write" is selected, when you go through the customizer.
    • Open word again, and the EndNote X9 tab should now be visible.

Now you are ready to use EndNote.

If you wish to use the feature "Find full text", you have to insert these links in your 'Preferences' (EndnoteX9/Preferences/Find full text):
Open URL:

EndNote gives you a lot of opportunities, that can make your work as a researcher easier. Join in on one of SDUB's EndNote courses or get more information on EndNote's official training guide.